Marriage seems wonderfully endearing to the single person who has by no means married, and probably to the divorced person who hankers for anything to arrest their longing for companionship or sexual release, but marriage for virtually all of us is really a difficult operate 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 each a very good and a negative point.
We bring in expectations of becoming ‘met’ by our partners: that they will satisfy us sexually, not commit as well significantly money, not look for to manage us, that they will want to commit time with us. We also bring in expectations of what our partners should 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 turn into conscious due to our encroaching annoyance.
Lord Help Me Save 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.
There are decisions to be made, questions to be answered and suddenly two people are faced with issues that weren’t talked about much less thought about prior to the wedding. Fact of the matter is, a lot of people jump the gun.
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.
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).
This miscommunication leads to misunderstanding which in turn leads to something going wrong. When something goes wrong, tensions arise which leads to confrontations, conflicts, arguments, quarrels and fights between the two of you. This brings me to the all-important key in saving your 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.
Stop Divorce Prayers
When these expectations are brought to light, be willing to CHANGE yourself for the sake of your marriage. When you change, your spouse will change, too. That is the surest way to save your marriage.
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.
But marriage lasts too long, the encounters become constant, and in close quarters for anyone to sustain a public persona. Personalities eventually give way to an INNER SELF which is much deeper and stronger.
While you’re in discussion with your spouse, share the little things in your daily life that can make you upset. It could be a disorganized room, smelly kitchen or bathroom, clothes lying on the floor or car keys not put in the proper place. Admit it or not, any of these can happen in your home but if you know that they can upset your partner, you will make sure that your abode is kept neat and clean every day.
For example, if I’m upset with my husband and I emotionally withdraw, he doesn’t have a clue why, but he will recognize my distance and his thoughts will begin to ponder “what’s wrong here?” If he is a peacemaker.
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.
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.”
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!”.
Your motive is to relax and unwind but your wife may need you home to look after the children while she prepares dinner. Therefore, she expects you to understand her situation and come home immediately after work. The baby is crying, the twins are fighting and your oldest son is self-absorbed in playing computer games.
Seek professional help. In overcoming marriage problems it is important to get all the help that you can get. Seeking professional help or reading books of experienced therapists and authors can be very helpful. There are people who are trained and experts in dealing with relationship and marriage conflicts.
In trying to save your marriage, you may be asked to give up on a lot of things which includes but are not limited to nagging, marital fighting, inadequate or no communication at all and infidelity but if you are getting the advice from a renowned marital problem resolution counselor, you will never be advised to give up on your marriage.
It is the part of our brain that controls our automatic functions (keeps our heart beating, controls breathing, pumps adrenalin when needed, etc.). The hindbrain is constantly alert to possible danger and when danger is perceived, it takes over. For instance, if you were to hear a sudden, loud, noise, you would have what is called a “startle” response.
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.
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.
These differences may lead to schisms and disagreements which may even result in confrontations, arguments and fights. Therefore in any successful relationship, conflict resolution is an essential trait. Good conflict resolution skills may very well save your marriage. But there is an enemy of good conflict resolution within each one of us.
What this typically leads to is one person usually getting their way or their needs met at the expense of the other person. While this may work for awhile, it eventually leads to bitterness and resentment.
If the problem in their relationship has gone on so long that one or both partners has totally given up and has their minds set on divorce, there’s a pretty good chance that no therapist will be able to help that relationship.
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.