Marriage would seem wonderfully endearing to the single person who has never ever married, and perhaps to the divorced man or woman who hankers for some thing to arrest their longing for companionship or sexual release, but marriage for nearly all of us is fairly a difficult work at times. (And I can say this even as a representative of my wife!). We carry so significantly of ourselves into our marriages – which is each a good and a undesirable factor.
We carry in expectations of becoming ‘met’ by our partners: that they will satisfy us sexually, not spend too much money, not seek out to management us, that they will want to devote time with us. We also bring in expectations of what our partners need to deliver to us: their virtues of diligence and moderation and sanctity and kindness – to name 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.
Therapy For Relationships
What could be done to stop divorce?. The cure to marriage conflicts is the real and only cure to divorce. This is a willingness to improve your marital issues and the good news is that it doesn’t have to come from both spouses. There is hope to cure those marriage conflicts as long as one of the two is willing to start.
What About The Old Brain?, For simplicity’s sake, in this WEB site, we will lump the Hindbrain and the Midbrain together and refer to them as “The Old Brain.” It is “old” not in the sense that it is out of date or not as valuable as the Cortex (The “New Brain”). We actually are wise to learn to deeply respect, value and honor the “Old Brain.”
It probably appears that you two aren’t even compatible, so why stay married?. I want to challenge you with this idea: Your happiness in marriage is not based on weather or not you are compatible with your spouse. Therefore, it should not be a deciding factor as to weather your marriage will last or not.
Without being unkind, simply tell your loved one that you need a chance to regroup, that you would like to just calm down or reflect on the situation before continuing the discussion with them. Choose your words carefully to diffuse the situation. Be kind, be gracious and agree to a time when you would like to continue your discussion.
Nikki told me during a marriage conflict intervention, “The person my husband Mike now calls a “bitch” was never like that ten years ago.” “How would you describe the Nikki of ten years ago?” I asked her. “Sweet, pleasant, romantic, willing to go the extra mile, considerate and kind,” she said.
Finally, the Old Brain knows how to submit. Submitting, interestingly, can be a protective strategy. When a wolf challenges the head of the wolf pack for leadership, there is a terrific fight. Eventually, the losing wolf will roll over on his back an expose his neck to the conquering wolf. The conquering wolf will place his jaws around the submitting wolf’s neck, but won’t kill it.
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Many times, when the uncooperative spouse sees the effort and change in the other partner, they come around to begin working alongside to restore the relationship. Now, let say you don’t complain. What happens?.
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.
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.
This partly explains why suddenly with our life partner, we can feel an intensity of feeling powerless, fearful, helpless even though we intellectually know we are not powerless and helpless. The “Timeless” Old Brain The second thing that is important to know about the Old Brain is that is has no concept of time. It knows nothing about years, decades, and schedules. It lives in the “eternal now.”
We talked to each other, found out what bothers us, what could we do to make things better. Also we were not afraid to seek a professional help. We didn’t want to give up on our marriage, we decided to fight for it, we took action and we saw results. It’s plain simple – no action, no results. Don’t just sulk about your problems, get up and do something about it.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The problem comes when couples approach conflict as a win-lose situation, which makes it very difficult to reach a compromise. It’s simply human nature to want to be right, and so we approach resolving conflict from a right or wrong perspective.
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).
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.
But it is “old” in the sense in that it is the more primitive part of our Brain. There are two things every couple should know about the Old Brain. The Mr. Magoo of the Brain Set, First, the Old Brain is the Mr. Magoo of the Brain Set. It has a dimmed, fuzzy impression of the outside world. Like the mostly blind Mr. Magoo, the Old Brain constantly confuses people and events.