NOTE: This does not mean that there will be no negativity in the relationship or during the conflict. It means that you both will have an understanding of how to approach the conflict. Little bits of negativity are unavoidable and even healthy, but how you talk and listen during this conflict is what’s important.
7) Get Help –
If you find that after trying all of these steps you and your partner are still not able to de-escalate and have helpful and constructive conflict, it’s probably in your relationship’s best interest to reach out for professional help. I would recommend looking for a therapist from the following Couples Therapist Directories: Gottman Therapists, Emotionally Focused Couples Therapists, PACT Therapists, and Imago Therapists.
“Compatibility doesn’t determine the fate of a marriage, how you deal with the incompatibilities, does.”
1. There are also several books that you can look into, including:
- Hold Me Tight
- The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work
- Reconcilable Differences
- The High Conflict Couple
2. If you want a more hands-on experience, check out some course that the two of you can participate in, such as:
- Hold Me Tight Online
- Our Relationship
In order to know more about how you can make your relationship stronger, check out the video below:
Anger, irritation, and incompatibility- you will come across these three emotions quite frequently in your relationship. But that does not mean that you will give in to those emotions fully and forget that, at the end of the day you love your partner immensely. If there are conflicts in your relationship, make sure that you focus on resolving conflicts; not letting them dominate you and your relationship. No one is perfect, and that includes your partner too. If you want your relationship to stand the test of time, then you must try to accept the good with the bad.
1. It’s a common belief that people are most honest when they are angry, but I know that isn’t always the case for me, and it probably isn’t for the majority of people. ↩
2. Reconcilable Differences Second Edition: Rebuild Your Relationship by Rediscovering the Partner You Love–without Losing Yourself ↩
3. Overall, N. C., Girme, Y., Lemay, E. P., Jr., & Hammond, M. D. (2014). Attachment anxiety and reactions to relationship threat: The benefits and coss of inducing guilt in romantic partners. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 106, 235-256 ↩
4. Sometimes it’s not even the words we use, but rather our nonverbal actions or tone of voice. ↩
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