Marriage seems wonderfully endearing to the single particular person who has by no means married, and perhaps to the divorced man or woman who hankers for something to arrest their longing for companionship or sexual release, but marriage for virtually all of us is very a difficult operate at instances. (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 very good and a bad issue.
We bring in expectations of becoming ‘met’ by our partners: that they will satisfy us sexually, not spend too considerably income, not look for to control us, that they will want to spend time with us. We also carry in expectations of what our partners ought to carry to us: their virtues of diligence and moderation and sanctity and kindness – to identify just four. We are disappointed when they don’t measure up to our previously unconscious expectations – that have now turn out to be conscious due to our encroaching annoyance.
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But it is “old” in the sense in that it is the more primitive part of our Brain. There are two things every couple should know about the Old Brain. The Mr. Magoo of the Brain Set, First, the Old Brain is the Mr. Magoo of the Brain Set. It has a dimmed, fuzzy impression of the outside world. Like the mostly blind Mr. Magoo, the Old Brain constantly confuses people and events.
Many people are familiar with marriage or relationship counseling where you meet regularly over a period of time with a counselor or therapist. Successful treatment focuses on your relationship rather than on individual issues. With your counselor you identify and dissolve the barriers to resolving your conflicts.
There are usually two types of responses to conflict, fight or flight. But a third response is possible and it is the only proper response to bring resolution to your problems. I’ll talk about FIGHT first.
What About The Old Brain?, For simplicity’s sake, in this WEB site, we will lump the Hindbrain and the Midbrain together and refer to them as “The Old Brain.” It is “old” not in the sense that it is out of date or not as valuable as the Cortex (The “New Brain”). We actually are wise to learn to deeply respect, value and honor the “Old Brain.”
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.
Personality is your public persona. Personality is how people experience you when they meet you, when they interact with you. Personality is the part of you that “falls in love.” Personality is the impressive side of you. Character is who you really are; it’s the core of you. Character is the person you are when no one is watching.
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Before two people in love decide to become legally bound in matrimony, and take the vows that are supposed to last until death do you part, some “In depth” planning must be done. A marriage is like a business, and every business starts with a business plan. The same type of plan needs to be made for a marriage.
Likewise, you and your spouse each have a “love tank”, and when it is empty, the marriage stops performing. It is therefore imperative to be sure your spouse’s love tank is always full. Keep the romance alive.
Not only you meet your REAL spouse after 5, 10, 15 or more years for the first time, but very often that’s the time when you meet the REAL SELF that you are for the first time! I am simply amazed, when I hear the stories of either successful or failed marriages and how character either built them up or brought them down to destruction.
And they lived happily ever after, Yeah right. Perhaps I’m a little bit jaded, since I work all day with couples in conflict. On the other hand, conflict comes to even the healthiest of marriages. It’s just that we seem so unprepared for how to handle conflict. We know in our heads that “happily ever after” is true only in stories and fairly tales, yet in our hearts we long for it to be true.
Well of course you’ll have conflicts. You are two people coming from two families with two different backgrounds, personalities, interests, life aspirations, expectations, cultures, biases, prejudices (oh yes you do!), political perspectives, religious experiences, spending patterns, and soooo much more.
There are entire dating services structured around that idea. I believe though, that a better thing to focus on is learning healthy conflict resolution. The truth is that every relationship is going to find itself facing conflict at some point. If everyone simply decided to throw in the towel and quit the relationship, no marriage would last.
What are the root causes of conflicts, tensions, arguments, misunderstandings, fights and the like between couples? Whatever causes you can think of, they all boil down to only one thing – Unfulfilled Expectations. Why do I say that? Let me explain.
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?”.
Nikki told me during a marriage conflict intervention, “The person my husband Mike now calls a “bitch” was never like that ten years ago.” “How would you describe the Nikki of ten years ago?” I asked her. “Sweet, pleasant, romantic, willing to go the extra mile, considerate and kind,” she said.
Whenever, he was really frustrated, he would just disappear. He really knew how to hide as a way of protecting. The Old Brain knows how to fight. How do you fight? Argue, yell, out reason, withhold affection, refuse to talk, get passive aggressive, blame, accuse, criticize, etc, etc, etc.
Weary from the discontent of trying to find peace with someone you love? Have you endured sleepless nights? Have the arguments lasted way too long into the night? It’s time to make a change, a total transformation of your interaction with your loved one.
Here’s an example. Suppose I asked my husband to stop at the grocery store on his way home from work to pick up a few groceries. He forgets! I greet him at the door and discover him empty-handed. If fighting were my typical response, I would nag him about forgetting and accuse him of not caring about me. This would be a verbal attack, which is just one way of fighting. This is PEACE BREAKING.
The Enemy of Conflict Resolution?. The enemy of conflict resolution is pride. Pride blocks the path towards admitting your own wrong, asking for forgiveness from your partner and taking the first step towards reconciliation.
Unrealistic Presumptions: A number of young people believe marriage to be a state of permanent happiness. They are however let down in frustration and disappointment early in the marriages when they discover otherwise.