Ladies Home Journal Can This Marriage Be Saved February 2013

Marriage seems wonderfully endearing to the single individual who has in no way married, and probably to the divorced individual who hankers for one thing to arrest their longing for companionship or sexual release, but marriage for almost all of us is quite a challenging operate 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 undesirable factor.

We bring in expectations of currently being ‘met’ by our partners: that they will satisfy us sexually, not invest too much money, not seek out to management us, that they will want to commit time with us. We also carry in expectations of what our partners must 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 grow to be aware due to our encroaching annoyance.

Resolving Conflicts in Marriage

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Conflict will be present in even the best marriages. A couple that says they never have conflict is either in denial or they just aren’t really living. Unfortunately when couples think of conflict they will often attach negative connotations to it. A better way to understand conflict in marriage would be to look at it introspectively.

In this series of articles, I’d like to share with you principles for handling any conflict. Here’s the first principle for dealing with any conflict. You’ve got to be honest with each other in a marriage.

As a couple you should both have leadership qualities. The essence of leadership is: “To lead people to willingly do things that they would normally not want to do themselves.” Here are some ways to manage marital conflicts and resolve differences; understanding them will be your marriage saving secrets. Make sure your spouse understands the issues and if possible clarify the issues.

Is there really a way in which you can permanently end marriage conflict? Well probably not completely cut it out, but make it less of a problem yes. First and most important is to make sure you are marrying for the right reason, and the right person.

Well, people only knew a “personality” not the “character” of that person. Character in the end is the constellation of enduring traits that are manifested in the ways that an individual reacts to the extreme challenges of life. When you and your spouse met, you met each other’s personalities. You showed to the other person the most brilliant side of you or your public persona.

One of the main areas a therapist can help a couple is in developing healthy and effective communication skills. It’s no secret that many problems in a relationship can be traced to communication issues. Teaching a couple to communicate effectively is one of the ways a marriage counselor can help.

Difficulties In Love Marriage

You expect your spouse to act or speak a certain way or do something for you or give you what you want or know what to do without you saying it or understand how you feel etc. Let me give you some everyday examples. Suppose after work, you go somewhere with your office colleagues instead of going straight home. You hang out at a favorite place and have a good time.

Not talking, refusing to share or self-disclose, lying, keeping secrets. When I was in graduate school, one of my professors told of an architect who build a secret room in his home and did not tell his wife about it.

Jealousy, Most people would agree that a certain amount of jealousy can add passion and sizzle to a relationship – after all who wants an indifferent spouse? However, too much jealousy (or irrational or “controlling” jealousy) can cause major conflicts in your marriage if it gets to the point that one spouse begins to feel alienated or that one’s partner simply mistrusts the other.

Speak about what actually happened, who did what, what was said by whom and when, how you felt when it happened and how your partner’s words or actions affected you.

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?.

In every marriage, there will be disagreements. One of the keys to a successful relationship is having the capacity to manage or handle conflicts. Avoiding conflict or being afraid of rocking the marriage boat or keeping peace at any price will hurt a marriage. Sometimes, the ability to monitor and resolve conflict is what makes or breaks a marriage.

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.

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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?”.

The main point I hope to make clear is that your marriage’s success or failure will depend largely on two major things that you CAN have a bit of control over; You can make the choice to learn how to do these two things better, Develop good communication skills, Develop the ability to work through difficulties that you face.

Divorce is emotionally traumatic for some people and it had been compared to dealing with death by some people who have gone through a divorce. It can also be very challenging for the emotional well being of children, even if it’s what we call an amicable divorce. The separation will still be there, and the child will still lose one of his parents “full-time” so to speak.

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.

But that doesn’t mean you don’t work to achieve an answer to a marriage conflict even if you’re not married. In fact maybe it will be a bit easier to settle. It takes two people to work through any marriage conflict. So you need to see if both of you are willing to work out problems.

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.

If your relationship with your spouse on the rocks and you’re considering therapy, you might be wondering if it will really help. That’s a fair question. Does marriage counseling work for everyone? Of course not, but it may help you, especially if you don’t wait too long.

You will discover the most useful answer or reply in a moment. Meanwhile, practically every article you read concerning the topic of marriage conflict resolution gives you the standard and typical “well meaning” advice.

What she needs to do is to complain. But how she does it is very important. This is what she could say to her husband: When you don’t take me anywhere, I feel like you take me for granted and that hurts me. In saying it in that way, she’s very honest, while at the same time respectful. She isn’t judging or attacking, she’s honestly reporting how she’s feeling.

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