Marriage seems wonderfully endearing to the single individual who has never married, and possibly to the divorced individual who hankers for anything to arrest their longing for companionship or sexual release, but marriage for almost all of us is fairly a difficult work at occasions. (And I can say this even as a representative of my wife!). We carry so much of ourselves into our marriages – which is both a great and a negative factor.
We bring in expectations of being ‘met’ by our partners: that they will satisfy us sexually, not commit also a lot cash, not seek to manage us, that they will want to spend time with us. We also deliver in expectations of what our partners must deliver to us: their virtues of diligence and moderation and sanctity and kindness – to identify just 4. We are disappointed when they don’t measure up to our previously unconscious expectations – that have now become conscious due to our encroaching annoyance.
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You’re sure to go through many problems in those years, and how you handle those as a couple can show if you will make a good couple in marriage. Obviously if you fight about those problems and feel like you don’t want to be together, don’t get married. It seems like a simple idea, but one that isn’t taken to heart by many people very often.
The shock shouldn’t be that you experience any conflict, but rather that you actually get along!. Why Couples Argue?, The primary reason couples have disagreements and/or arguments is that living together forces people to face their differences – differences that can become sources of irritation – if not outright contention – over time.
If your partner hasn’t understood your motives or misunderstood what you said, don’t get angry. Explain what you truly mean. Do not judge one another but instead try to understand each other. You must unconditionally love and accept each other no matter what each says to the other. Remember you are trying to resolve conflicts, not win arguments.
Your Old Brain, not your New Brain will tend to confuse your Partner with your Parent. The part of your brain that controls your emotion and your “reactivity” is the Mr. Magoo “act alike.” While your New, Rational, Intelligent Brain clearly knows the difference between your Partner and Your Parent, the brain that triggers and mediates your emotions and reactivity and protective impulses constantly mixes them up.
One day I decided to do something about it. I just could not stand it anymore. I wanted to be happy, enthusiastic, loving, energetic person I once was. And I wanted my partner to smile again, love me again just like when we just met.
The Old Brain and Danger, When the Old Brain perceives risk or danger, pain or frustration, it knows how to do five general strategies. The Old Brain knows how to hide. How do you hide in relationships?.
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At this point, you tend to wonder more than ever, “What on earth can I do about saving my marriage?” The effects of the above are tough ones for almost any sensitive, dedicated, or caring individual to handle. Your former beliefs may even be turned almost upside down by such shocking relationship surprises.
Look carefully at your role in the conflict. So often we will convince ourselves that it is the other person’s fault. We console and justify to ourselves that the conflict is 90 percent “their” fault. Begin by taking responsibility for the 10 percent of fault that is yours.
Not talking, refusing to share or self-disclose, lying, keeping secrets. When I was in graduate school, one of my professors told of an architect who build a secret room in his home and did not tell his wife about it.
These differences may lead to schisms and disagreements which may even result in confrontations, arguments and fights. Therefore in any successful relationship, conflict resolution is an essential trait. Good conflict resolution skills may very well save your marriage. But there is an enemy of good conflict resolution within each one of us.
Positive attitude. If you are feeling frustrated about how things are going in your marriage, it is important to have a positive attitude. Overcoming marriage problems is easier if you have a positive attitude.
Learn to take responsibility and apologize when you have done something that has upset your partner even if you cannot understand why, as this assures them that you care about their feelings. Later on you can get to the bottom of things in order to find a way forward so that this does not occur again.
Many people see conflict as something to avoid at all costs. Others are constantly engaging in conflict because they feel they must look out for number one and don’t know how to resolve conflict without a full blown battle. Sometimes, depending on the situation, you may avoid a fight; while at other times, you attack before you even have time to think about it.
Another step you can take is to always find a way to resolve your conflicts. If you and your spouse allow yourselves to get affected by your fights and don’t talk it out to settle the issues, there’s a possibility that you will end up avoiding each other leading to estrangement. You don’t want that to happen, would you? So make a commitment together with your partner to solve your problems as soon as possible.
That’s not codependency, it’s cooperation. Co-exist, “There’s only you and me and we just disagree.” – Dave Mason. There are times in marriage where each spouse feels strongly enough about their beliefs or position that they can not move or come to the other person’s side. There are certainly some issues in marriage where this could signal the end of the relationship.
Pride in you will insist on your own way and refuse to compromise on what you want even though it hurts your marriage. Since you have to overcome pride, does that mean that you become completely subservient to your partner and obey his every whim and fancy?
That’s when character gets revealed. That’s when the personality fades away and you meet a different person for the first time. Sometimes that sweet spouse you met turns to drugs or some bizarre behavior and you say to yourself, “How could that have happened?”.
Most people don’t get married believing that insurmountable conflicts with their spouse are going to arise over the course of their relationships. Consequently, this often means that when issue resulting in conflict do arise, they take couple by surprise and can lead to disillusionment – or worse.
This act of submission saves the wolf’s life and the wolf pack remains intact. We suspect that the reason many people stay in dangerously abusive marriages is this “old brain’s” impulse to submit as a way of surviving. The Old Brain and Safety, When the old brain perceives safety, the parasympathetic system takes over and in safety the old brain knows how to do five things.
This is required when both the partners feel strongly that they are no longer able to proceed with the relation. Though people still want to keep meeting and save the relation; in most cases they do not know how to do it.