Marriage seems wonderfully endearing to the single man or woman who has never married, and possibly to the divorced man or woman who hankers for anything to arrest their longing for companionship or sexual release, but marriage for almost all of us is fairly a hard perform 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 excellent and a poor thing.
We bring in expectations of being ‘met’ by our partners: that they will satisfy us sexually, not devote as well a lot income, not seek to manage us, that they will want to invest time with us. We also deliver in expectations of what our partners must carry to us: their virtues of diligence and moderation and sanctity and kindness – to title just four. We are disappointed when they don’t measure up to our previously unconscious expectations – that have now become conscious due to our encroaching annoyance.
Lord Help Me Save My Marriage
Here is one principle my wife and I have practiced ever since our courting days. Never go to bed with unresolved conflicts. Even if you have to stay up all night to talk things through, do it if it can restore peace between you both. Then you can both sleep in peace. I know it is not always possible but this is a good practice and you should work towards it as far as possible.
Conflicts often make couples feel bad particularly when they can’t meet halfway. Some can dwell on it for a long time to the point of giving them stress and depression although others can recover from their fight soon after they’ve expressed their views and emotions.
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.
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.
How does that affect us? It basically sets our expectations about what our marriages should be like and if they are not, then, divorce is inevitable. Which is a completely false expectation and will only set us up for failure.
Finally, marriage conflict will still affect a couple who has put off marriage for several years. But perhaps with the growing up and more time put aside to know each other they will handle the process better.
Can This Marriage Be Saved Stories
I know what I am saying might sound radical to you, but before you turn away from reading the rest of this article, allow me to reveal to you the ONE single ROOT of ALL marital conflicts. What Is The Root of All Conflicts?.
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.
Another obstacle to counseling success is when one of the spouses has some sort of a drug or alcohol problem, and is unwilling to change. In fact, a general unwillingness to accept any responsibility for problems in the relationship will make it very difficult for a counselor to help.
Love is an action, as in something you do. It is not a feeling. Feelings come and go, but your actions need to remain steady. Therefore, no matter what, even if you are angry, work on being kind and loving.
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.
Our sex life isn’t working any more! We almost never laugh or have fun with each other. Everything seems heavy. There is virtually no warmth, few hugs, no compliments or appreciations. Nothing seems to be working. If you were a marital therapist who understood about brain physiology, what you immediately know about this couple or these couples?.
This article addresses some things we know about relationships, what works and doesn’t work in relationships, and offers two alternatives for creating healthier marriages.
Why should you be one of them? You can avoid most pitfalls with the right information and save yourself a lot of unnecessary heartache simply by being informed, so, consider reading books that deal with this issue or consulting a relationship expert, who might be able to point out to you exactly what you are doing wrong and how you can fix it.
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.
On the other hand, if both spouses are at least willing to try to save the marriage and mature enough to recognize that at least some of the blame might be their own, marriage counseling has a good chance of helping save the relationship. So how does marriage counseling work anyway? Well, many times, couples are so involved in the problems in their marriage they can’t really see what’s causing them.
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).
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.
It is unrealistic to think that you can eliminate conflict from a relationship. A good marriage and family counselor will instead teach a couple healthy ways to resolve their conflicts without damaging their relationship.
Not to leave you blinded or confused in any way by this powerful suggestion… the realistic challenge you are most likely to face is that YOU ALONE may be the fortunate follower of such smartly soothing companionship advice.
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.