Marriage would seem wonderfully endearing to the single individual who has never married, and probably to the divorced person who hankers for anything to arrest their longing for companionship or sexual release, but marriage for almost all of us is very a hard perform at times. (And I can say this even as a representative of my wife!). We carry so significantly of ourselves into our marriages – which is each a great and a negative point.
We carry in expectations of currently being ‘met’ by our partners: that they will satisfy us sexually, not commit as well significantly money, not seek out to handle us, that they will want to commit time with us. We also carry in expectations of what our partners must bring to us: their virtues of diligence and moderation and sanctity and kindness – to name just 4. We are disappointed when they don’t measure up to our previously unconscious expectations – that have now become aware due to our encroaching annoyance.
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This is the kind of pressure that our society is putting on married people who have issues that could still be repairable, but who might just give up. In the end, for many people, divorce is an easier solution than reconciliation. However, what if you discovered that it is really the other way around? Divorce is not as easy of a process as some would want you to believe.
So if your partner criticizes you and you had some history with a critical parent or older brother or sister or teacher, your Old Brain may react emotionally and reactively as though you were once again living with and dealing with that old critic. This can happen even when you consciously know that your partner is different than the old critic and you are now an adult, not a child.
I needed that 30 years ago not now” (The Old Brain does not distinguish between then and now). The Old Brain also does not say, “Sorry, wrong person. I needed that from my parents, not my partner” (The Old Brain constantly confuses parent and partner). When you get now what you needed then, the Old Brain says, “Yes, thank you.
When offended, a person may yell, curse, throw things, hit, or any number of reactions that express anger in a violent way. These actions may be strictly verbal, physical, or both. This is PEACE BREAKING.
When you don’t know how to communicate and solve problems as a couple and you have children, they are unable to learn these skills from you. In turn, they grow up not knowing how to have healthy relationships. The result is an inter-generational problem: kids grow up having the same relationship struggles their parents have.
Marriage conflicts can be very stressful and tend to cloud someone’s thinking. A “neutral observer” has the opportunity to see things without the confusion of the emotional turmoil that is so common in a troubled marriage.
The Old Brain knows how to mate. The sexual response occurs primarily in a place of safety. The Old Brain knows how to play. The Old Brain knows how to nurture and be affectionate. The Old Brain knows how to work and be creative. The Old Brain knows how to sleep and rest and relax. Every week hundreds of couples go into a therapist’s office and share some version of the following.
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So why is it that when things get tough, or we find a problem too difficult to handle, we change the rules and back out on our commitment?. You made a promise. Your spouse made a promise. Now simply agree to stick to that promise. If you do, you will have no choice but to work through whatever difficulties come your way. Go against the flow of society that tends to throw things away without a second thought.
Expectations on our partners may be easily reversed as we seek to understand God’s expectations of us in the marriage. God may assume us to comprehend our partners’ expectations – and not basically to know them (notwithstanding how peculiar they may well be to us) – but to wrestle with our own ability, want and capability to meet their expectations.
The Mid-Brain (The Mammalian Brain), The second brain, like it or not, is similar to mammals. This is the part of our brain that mediates or controls emotion. We generally do not think of snakes or lizards as having emotion, but mammals (dogs, cats, etc.) experience what we call emotion. They can be afraid, angry, loving, happy, etc. Humans have a wide and rich range of emotion.
And life of my partner wasn’t any better. We were at each other’s hair all the time and this started to affect not just my family life, but also my professional life. I found it very hard to concentrate because my mind constantly busy worrying about my marriage.
Not long ago a mother confided in me (after a number of conversations) that after 32 years of marriage she was actually flipping because she was comparing her daughter’s marriage with hers and she saw her daughter happier than she had herself ever been. She was actually contemplating divorce to find someone that would provide her with what she thought was missing in her life.
Our natural desire is to find a pleasurable solution, but most couples don’t know how to recover when they experience relationship problems. Usually they keep doing over and over what they know to do and it doesn’t work.
Of course, I jumped to the occasion and asked the obvious question… “Who is Nikki? The one your husband Mike met 10 years ago or the Nikki he sees now?” She soon saw the difference between personality and character. Personality, (the nice Nikki) was revealed when things were new and smooth.
It is often heard that adopting an attitude of hope is almost impossible in the midst of the chaos of marriage problems and the heartache associated with it. If you feel that you are faced with this challenge, consider asking yourself a more empowering question, such as: “How can I adopt an attitude of hope regardless of the problems I am currently experiencing?”.
My general advice to all couples is to give up your individual rights for the sake of your spouse. That is the first step towards personal change. When your spouse can see the changes in you, he or she will begin to change, too. Then and only then can there be any hope of saving your marriage.
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.
I like to say that character is the “raw” self without the façade and the defense mechanisms we use to protect ourselves. Have you heard the statement: “We never though this person would do this?”.
All of those are great questions, but ones that can’t be answered easily. However, if you wait to marry until you know each other better you can avoid a divorce. Marriage conflicts that are experienced when you are only a couple who is engaged can be taken on differently. You won’t need to worry about the stigma of divorce hanging over your head.
A fact that has become obvious is that society doesn’t value marriage very much anymore. This is due to the media world that puts divorced people in front of us each and every day. People who are trying to stay together and fight their issues are sometimes seen as weak or scared to face the world on their own. Women or even men who are trying to forgive their unfaithful spouse are often told that they should leave the marriage rather they try reconciliation.
Honour each other’s feelings and needs as valid. If a person feels invalidated and disrespected they are not likely to be open to finding solutions with you. So, listening and allowing your partner to express their feelings. Then repeat to them what you think you heard them say so that they know you have fully understood them. You do not have to agree with their feelings, just respect and validate them.
It is time to talk. When your marriage is getting rocky, you both have to sit down and talk about the problems. In overcoming marriage problems, it is important to keep the communication lines open. Communication is important in solving the issues in your relationship. Establish a good conversation and calmly talk about the issues in your relationship.
The Big Six are the areas of communication, money, sex, children, in-laws and religion. Perhaps we should call it the Big Seven, and add the all important issue of who gets to hold the TV remote control. No kidding, I’ve actually had couples fighting over this issue. I’ve even had them fighting over the age old issue of how to hang the toilet paper roll, over or under.
Too many people make a choice to stay married, rather than making a decision to stay married, then they find themselves revisiting their choice every time things don’t go their way in a marriage. Make the decision to stay married, and then you don’t have to be revisiting the matter each day.
Commitment in a marriage is a choice by one or both partners. Hopefully both will agree on this and always maintain that spirit. If communication has broken down and negative behaviors have crept in to the relationship then some work will need to be done in order to revive the marriage.