Marriage appears wonderfully endearing to the single man or woman who has in no way married, and possibly to the divorced person who hankers for something to arrest their longing for companionship or sexual release, but marriage for virtually all of us is really a difficult function 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 the two a excellent and a negative point.
We bring in expectations of being ‘met’ by our partners: that they will satisfy us sexually, not invest too significantly income, not seek to handle us, that they will want to devote time with us. We also carry in expectations of what our partners need to 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 turn into conscious due to our encroaching annoyance.
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And I must say that was the hardest part – deciding that enough is enough, taking that first step. After that everything just snowballed down the hill (it was more like up the hill in my situation).
So what exactly does it mean to be loving and kind? Well at the most basic level, for a marriage that is really hurting, start by being civil with one another. Be decent, don’t yell or call names. From there you should move into being kind and loving.
One of the most often asked questions I face in dealing with marital conflict is: “Why did things change so much since I married?” or “This is not the same person I met!” or worst yet… “I was deceived… I met person A and now I come to find out I am living with person B!”.
Marriage renewal and individual character development go hand-in-hand. You can not have a successful marriage without character. Character is what keeps a marriage together through the seasons of conflict and bitter disappointments.
Millions of people around the globe are experiencing the same problem – difficulties in their marriages. Every marriage will go through some rough patches at some point, but some of us will be forced to experience a way bigger share of marriage conflicts than the others. Constant arguing, spitefulness and endless conflicts are daily occurrences in your life.
Our partner can walk out of the room and we can feel a strong fear of rejection or abandonment–even though the intensity makes no sense rationally. We easily interpret our partners through the lenses of past hurts and sensitivities. The biology of the brain, which was designed to keep us alert and alive and safe, also keeps us very sensitive to our Imago Match — our husbands and wives and life partners.
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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.
An Important Key Is?, This all-important key to saving your marriage is to discern all areas of unfulfilled expectations that each of you have towards the other. Open the channels of communication. Talk it through, express you thoughts and feelings towards each other. Ask one another what each expects of the other in any given area of your marriage.
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!.
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.
If nothing works, it is better to look for an opinion where you feel more comfortable and secure. Saving your marriage requires efforts from both sides, not just from one partner. If the other spouse does not show any effort or interest in building up the relationship, it would become harder to do so.
The 90/10 Principle, This is why we talk about the 90/10 principle of relationships. Ninety percent of the upset, hurt, emotion and reactivity we experience in our marriage is actually related to our history. Only ten percent is related to the present event. Some theorists even argue that 100 percent of “reactivity” is related to the past.
A good therapist can identify specific steps you can take for your individual situation to improve the areas that are weak in your marriage and to further strengthen those that are already working.
Make a pact with your spouse. In overcoming marriage problems it is important to promise each other that you will both try your best to fix the problem in your marriage. Do whatever it takes to save the marriage and bring the relationship back on the right track.
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.
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.
It is quite possible that one spouse may be completely uncooperative at that time and which is precisely when one has to take full charge of the situation and ensure that things are completely in control.
For many of us, dealing with conflict in our marriage is not something we handle very well, especially with all the unsolicited advice we get from friends and family that leave you feeling alone and unsure what to do to save your marriage.
To be a good partner, you must listen to your partner and be willing to make an attempt to understand his or her point of view. You must keep cool and not argue and take everything your partner says into consideration. You should also calmly and lovingly express your own needs and desires. Through open communication, you can save a marriage and even make it happier than before.