Marriage would seem wonderfully endearing to the single person who has in no way married, and possibly to the divorced individual who hankers for something to arrest their longing for companionship or sexual release, but marriage for almost all of us is really a challenging function at times. (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 excellent and a poor factor.
We deliver in expectations of getting ‘met’ by our partners: that they will satisfy us sexually, not spend also a lot funds, not look for to control us, that they will want to commit time with us. We also carry in expectations of what our partners ought to 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 grow to be aware due to our encroaching annoyance.
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Marriage saving secrets are available to any couple who wants to have a long lasting marriage free from the problems prevalent in our society today. The life blood of any marriage depends on each partner’s ability to care, to feel attachment, to love, develop intimacy, express emotion and to commit to resolving marriage conflicts without any feeling of conquest.
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.
When I suggested that when you consider what you will use the toilet paper for, it really doesn’t matter, it seemed to clear up the issue. Humor goes a long way in resolving conflict. Having said all that, let’s look at some specific ways to handle conflict in marriage. This is called the three C’s of conflict resolution and they stand for Compromise, Co-exist and Capitulation.
You and your spouse don’t meet the person who charmed each other’s friends, bought gifts for each other’s parents, and always smiled from ear to ear. This is usually the way we display ourselves when relating to others specially if we have “fallen in love.” It doesn’t mean we trick a person into believing something that is not true!.
Admiring the Personality of your Spouse: It is extremely important to admire a partners ways of doing things and more than that, his/her whole being. It goes a long way to affect the way you react to certain issues and may affect the marriage either negatively or positively.
But it doesn’t have to be that way. You can turn things around. If I could do it, so can you. A year ago I was miserable shadow of human being. Endless conflicts in my relationship were bringing me down, my self-esteem was at its lowest and I was constantly in the bad mood.
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I can’t tell you how wonderful that feels.” This is why wise therapists and this WEB site are showing couples how to be healing agents for each other because that is the place for the most powerful and effective healing to take place.
Where do you go from here? Every attempt at conversation seems to launch in to another round of arguments. Take a deep breath and take a step back from the situation. If you find yourself in a heated discussion or a knock down drag out fight, it’s OK to ask for a time out.
In the best of all possible worlds, we would be well prepared for handling conflict before we get married. My experience in my office tells me that is just not the case for most couples. Part of the reason for this is there is just so much in a marriage relationship that can cause conflict. I’ve written before about what’s called the Big Six, the six main areas of conflict in marriage.
Prevention is always better than cure. Preempt an argument wherever possible. Learn what rubs your partner the wrong way, what his or her pet peeves are and avoid these like the plague. Integrity is a must in conflict resolution.
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.
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.
Many people would rather choose to be with “someone” else (back to “personality love”) than to remain with their spouse and face the true character of their spouses and their own! (Did you get that?). Marriage requires “character love.”
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.
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.
The house is a mess, the noise is driving your wife crazy and the dinner is getting burnt. By the time you get home, your wife is seriously stressed out and is about to kill you for being so inconsiderate. What happens next is a domestic ‘World War III’.
The Cortex (The Computer Brain), Finally we all have a cortex, the part of our brain that is conscious, intentional, rational, and choiceful. It is the cortex you are using now as you read this article. It is the part of us that can be self-aware, reflective, and self-observant. It is the part of our brain that allows us to communicate in complex languages and develop science, literature and art.
However, in many circumstances, couples can simply agree to disagree, and move on. They learn to “co-exist” on the issue in question. I know of many couples who have taken this route on various issues and continue to have very strong marriages. What can happen over time, after being given the room to each have their opinion, spouses are able to move into compromise.
Words such as, “You are so stupid, why did I marry you in the first place?” are intensely damaging to the marriage relationship. Successfully married couples know the secret of arguing correctly. Their secret is to stick to the facts (rather than opinions) and issues about the conflict.
Is your relationship or marriage on the rocks? Is your job adding stress to your life? Do you miss the times when you came home after a good day at work and you embraced your spouse with childish enthusiasm? Do you want to feel that excitement and joy again with your partner? You can.
Now for the second response: FLIGHT. When offended, a person may give the silent treatment, pretend there is no problem, act as if the relationship is perfectly OK, tell others about the offense but not discuss with the offender, turn to alcohol, drugs, pornography or any other addictive or mind numbing substance or activity.
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.
The Good News, The good news is that brain physiology also explains how and why marriage is the best and most powerful and most effective place for healing to happen. If your partner gives you now what you needed as a child or teenager and did not get, if your partner gives you now what you needed when you were hurt as a child and didn’t get enough of, your Old Brain does not say, “Sorry, it’s too late.
Be completely honest. Admit wrongs without blame-shifting. Don’t counter accuse by saying, “I admit I was wrong in the first place but you were wrong in the second place also”. Leave out the ‘but’ part.