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Why It Is Easy To Resolve Some Conflicts and Impossible To Resolve Some

Do You Have the Same Conflicts Over and Over? Discover why sometimes it is easy to resolve conflicts and other times it is impossible.

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Kari and Rudy consulted with me because they kept having conflicts over the same issues – primarily money, chores, and child-rearing. They were nearing the decision to separate, believing that they were incompatible.

I asked them to pick one of the issues, and they picked a recent conflict regarding setting limits for their children. I listened to them discussing the issue and I immediately understood why they could not resolve their issues.

Read on to know… How Repeated Conflicts Destroy Love in Relationships

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I explained to them that there are always two levels of communication:

  • The issue itself, such as their conflict regarding limits for their children
  • The intent with which they were discussing the issue

There are only two possible intents in discussing an issue with your partner:

  • The intent to protect against losing yourself, losing the conflict, feeling rejected, or feeling controlled
  • The intent to learn about yourself and your partner – about the good reasons each of you has for seeing things the way you do. When in the intent to learn, you are open to resolving the conflict in a way that feels like a win-win.

 

Why do people fail to resolve conflicts?

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The reason that Kari and Rudy could not resolve their conflicts is that both of them were in the intent to protect, and they were both using various forms of controlling behavior to protect themselves. In order to resolve their conflicts, both of them needed to be in the intent to learn.

Want to know about restorative practices to resolve conflicts? Then you may watch this video. 

There was no point in even trying to resolve their conflicts if one or both of them were in the intent to protect/control. There is no way to get anywhere when your focus is on winning, being right, being in control and not being controlled, or avoiding any other pain.

As long as avoiding pain is more important to you than being loving to yourself and your partner, you will be closed and protected, and the conflict cannot reach a mutually satisfying resolution.

I worked with both Kari and Rudy on how each of them were protecting and controlling. Rudy tended to shut down and withdraw, becoming very quiet in an angry way, while Kari tended to get angrier and angrier the more Rudy shut down. Both of them were hurt in these interactions. Both ended up feeling unloved and disconnected from each other.

In order to open with each other, each of them needed to learn to tune in to their painful feelings of loneliness, heartache, and helplessness in the face of the other’s protections.

Each needed to learn to be compassionate about their own feelings, as well as the other’s feelings. Each needed to care more about themselves and each other than about whether they were right, or not wrong.

Related: Compassionate Women Will Change the World. Are You One of Them?

It needed to become more important to them to stay open and caring than to avoid their painful feelings with their protective, controlling behavior.

Kari and Rudy worked hard with the Inner Bonding process to learn how to take responsibility for their own feelings rather than continuing to blame and try to control each other.

 

It’s easy to resolve conflicts

Finally, in a session a few months into their work with me, they were both open at the same time. They were shocked to experience how easy it was to resolve the child-rearing issue, as well as the other issues they’d been struggling with for years. Through their openness and caring about themselves and each other, they were able to learn so much about themselves and each other that new solutions emerged. They were delighted!

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CO-CREATOR OF INNER BONDING Dr. Paul is the author/co-author of several best-selling books, including Do I Have To Give Up Me to Be Loved By You, Inner Bonding, Healing Your Aloneness, The Healing Your Aloneness Workbook, Do I Have To Give Up Me to Be Loved By My Kids, and Do I Have To Give Up Me To Be Loved By God Dr. Paul's books have been distributed around the world and have been translated into eleven languages. Dr. Margaret holds a Ph.D. in psychology and is a relationship expert, noted public speaker, workshop leader, educator, chaplain, consultant, and artist. She has appeared on many radio and TV shows, including the Oprah show. She has successfully worked with thousands of individuals, couples and business relationships and taught classes and seminars since 1967. Margaret continues to work with individuals and couples throughout the world on the phone and on Skype. She is able to access her own and her client's spiritual Guidance during her sessions, which enables her to work with people wherever they are in the world. Her current passion is working on and developing content for this Website, as well as distributing SelfQuest, the software program that teaches Inner Bonding and is donated to prisons and schools, as well as sold to the general public. Margaret Paul, PhD information Anxious, Depressed, Addicted, Empty, Relationship struggles, Inner Bonding - The Power To Heal Yourself! http://www.innerbonding.com
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