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10 Ways To Avoid Arguments In Your Relationship

10 Ways To Avoid Arguments In Your Relationship. Every couple has its own fair share of arguments. This unfortunately often causes a lot of problems some ending with breakups. No matter how perfectly matched you are with your partner, it’s impossible to get along in perfect harmony at all times. How people argue is what matters the most as it can break them. Here are a 10 tips to help you avoid getting into an ugly argument;

1. Understand That Anger Itself Is Not Destructive

There is a vast difference between anger and rage. When someone is angry they need to state their feelings, they don’t break things or relationships – that is rage-full behavior.

2. Talk About Your Feelings Before You Get Angry

When you or your partner can approach the situation as it happens and deal with it in a safe way, it may not get to the point of being an argument. Sometimes things just need to be verbalized and most arguments can be avoided if your partner understands how you feel.

3. Don’t Raise Your Voice

It’s amazing how issues of hurt feelings or differences can be resolved with a whisper. I counsel couples who are yellers to only communicate with a whisper and it greatly reduces the anger factor in their relationships.

4. Don’t Threaten Your Relationship

This type of emotional blackmail puts the other partner in a panic/flight or flight mode. While you’re telling them you want to leave, they may be making plans to find a roommate. In addition, they may be so devastated by the thought of losing their family they can go into a deep depression and be unable to give you what it is you need.

5. Don’t Keep Files

This is where you bring up issues from the past to use as a hammer against whatever problem your partner has asked for help with. Deal with their issue first and if you really have unresolved feelings from past problems talk about them at another time.

6. Don’t Avoid Your Anger

If you stuff your feelings long enough you will explode and say or do things that you will regret. Anger does not diminish love, you can be angry with those you love. In fact the ones we love hurt us the most because we love them the most.

7. Create A Process For Resolving Problems Without Anger

Start by each of you taking five minutes to state your feelings, then take a twenty minute break to think about things and come back to the table for another ten minutes to discuss how you think you can best deal with the problem. Also, know that it’s okay if the problem doesn’t get solved right away.

8. Do Not Get Physical

This includes verbal abuse, any type of violence including slamming doors, breaking plates or hitting. If your arguments escalate to this level you need to leave the house. If one partner ever hits another a police report needs to be made and an appointment with a therapist is mandatory.

9. Don’t Engage.

Remember that negative attention is still attention. If your partner tries to goad you into an argument, simply don’t go there. Some people actually like to argue because it gives them a temporary feeling of power and gratification. Avoid being sucked into their need for attention.

10. Listen To Your Body

When you are angry your body releases chemicals that may cause you to react in ways that can be destructive to you, your partner and your relationship. Learn to understand your feelings and how the process of anger affects you physically and emotionally.

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