Resolving conflict in relationships

Flipping an old saying on its head – we can experience the storm before the calm. When a couple express their fear and anger, it can test how much they actually mean to each other and if they want to reach a mutually beneficial conclusion.

Resolving conflict in relationships

Human beings typically want the same things – financial stability, love, happiness and good health, just to name a few. We may differ in the approach to get what we want, but we should remind ourselves of our common goals. Here are some suggestions on how to find some common ground:

  • Remember that your peace of mind is yours only. Nobody can take it away from you unless you let them.
  • Don’t forget that your goal is to reach harmony in your relationships.
  • Before you speak, ask yourself this,”How would I take this if it was said to me?”
  • Check your intentions. Are you communicating to hurt or connect?
  • Would you rather be happy or right? Sometimes you may need to let go of the need to be correct.
  • Try to reevaluate your opinion of people. You can be more open and loving to others if you stop trying to change them.
  • Start reiterating the self-affirmation that you deserve happiness in your life.
  • Try to respectfully ask them to sit down and talk things over.

Here’s a formula that you could use to express yourself:

1. When I heard/saw (action).

2. I felt scared/mad/sad (emotion).

3. I would like (action).

4. Can we work this out?

  • Remember to only focus on one thing at a time to avoid confusing matters.
  • If you know you can become reactive and explosive, take a few breaths to get your thoughts together. If you become emotional, write down the points you would like to cover.
  • Don’t use threats like ending the relationship unless it’s got to the point where you will actually follow through.
  • Apologise for the part you had to play. Remember that in most conflicts, there are at least two injured parties.
  • When tensions run high, agree to take a time out while still focusing on the problem at hand.
  • Try to accept that your partner is different to you – sometimes agreeing to disagree is the best option.
  • Let your partner know the areas that you do agree on, you can then focus on your common desires and move on with the relationship.
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Written by Ross East
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