How to stop arguing in a relationship:
From: Wedded bliss (http://www.theweddedbliss.com/)- have some interesting things to resolve arguments in a relationship/marriage. I personally find taking a break to think it over, drinking cold water, and finding laughter/support from your friends tend to help cool things down. Although, they focus on marriage, these tips also relate to relationships in general. Letting things bottled up and letting it explode is NOT the way and many people are like such. Please read below and see if you agree.
How to Stop Fighting:
- Go to bed angry. Several therapists and couples say forget that adage about always resolving anger before turning in — and let someone sleep on the couch. “We’ve found that going to bed angry is often the best choice,” says Lisa Earle McLeod, author and a 23-year marriage veteran. “It allows partners to clear their thoughts, get some sleep, and make a date to resume the fight (which might seem less important in the light of day).”
- Take a break. Even a 30-second break can help a couple push the reset button on a fight, licensed clinical counselor Timothy Warneka says. “Stop, step out of the room, and reconnect when everyone’s a little calmer.”
- Own up to your part of the fight. Melody Brooke, a licensed marriage and family therapist, says two things derail intense fights: admitting what you did to get your partner ticked off and expressing empathy toward your partner. Brooke, author of The Blame Game, says this can be difficult but is typically extremely successful. “Letting down our defenses in the heat of battle seems counterintuitive, but it is actually very effective with couples.”
- Find the humor. Pamela Bodley and her husband have been married 23 years, “and Lord knows it [wasn’t] easy in the early years,” she says. “But it’s much, much better now. We have a great sense of humor.” Her husband Paul has kept the mood light by always saying he knows women keep skillets in their purse. So when he does something wrong, Bodley says, “I just pretend to hit him over the head with a skillet and say, ‘TING!'”
- Shut up and touch. Brooke says there’s a point where discussing the matter doesn’t help. So couples need to just hold each other when nothing else seems to be working. “Reconnecting through touch is very important.”
- Ban the “but.” Jane Straus, author of Enough is Enough! Stop Enduring and Start Living Your Extraordinary Life, says couples often derail a resolution when they acknowledge the other partner’s position and then add a “but” in their next breath, reaffirming their own. An example: “I can understand why you didn’t pick up the dishes in the family room, but why do you think I’m the maid?”
- Remember what’s important. “We soon realized that we don’t have two beings in a marriage,” Jacqueline Freeman says. “We actually have three: me, my husband, and the marriage. And we have to take good care of all three. So if we’ve been arguing about whose fault it is that the house is so messy, I might defend myself saying I was busy working on a project that will bring in more income, and he might say he was busy fixing something on the house that was broken. We used to be able to carry on a conversation like this for quite some time. But over the years, we seem to have developed a 15-minute timer for arguing. [Then] one of us will suddenly remember the key question: What’s best for the marriage?
Therapists also say that it’s important to realize that no marriage is perfect and that fighting is often part of the ebb and flow of compromise.
I have come to realize that we are not normal,” Robbins says. “But as they say, ‘Normal is just a cycle on the washing machine.'”
In conclusion, at the end of the day, was the argument worth the result? From my personal experience, arguments could have been avoided and didn’t have to escalate to heated arguments. If you work with each other and try to understand the situation from both sides, many arguments can be avoided. Take time to understand each other and their situation.