"Relationships are not always a walk in the park. Often they require some energy and consideration. These fair fighting tips, adapted from the current research, can help keep you on track:Before you speak, ask yourself why you are upset
Sometimes we can act impulsively, saying or doing things we might later regret. Breathe and ask yourself, "why am I upset? What is this about?"No degrading language
Talk about the issue at hand, not the person. Avoid name calling, labels (for example: "you are lazy.") and swearing.No stonewalling (refusing to speak)
If you don"t communicate then the conversation will not be particularly helpful. We might stonewall intentionally or unintentionally. Regardless, do your best to express how you are feeling and what you need/want. If you feel like you are too emotional to communicate then set a time to come back to the conversation.Own up and don"t blame
Blame is not helpful in conversations; It just distracts us, escalates the argument, and avoids the issue. Taking responsibility for our actions helps the other person feel heard and allows us to focus on what we have control over.Use "I statements"
Express what you"re feeling. For example, "I feel hurt and alone when you ignore my phone calls" or "I feel overwhelmed when I don"t get time to myself." Focus on your emotions andyour behaviors. You have a better chance of the other person actually hearing you out when express what you feel, especially because, if they care about you, they will want to know how their actions may impact you. Plus no one wants or needs to be told how they feel, think, and behave.No talk of divorce or breaking up
Often people will throw out the threat of leaving. Threatening to leave is hurtful and manipulative. If you are constantly threatening to leave, your significant other will not be able to take your comments seriously, knowing that your words are just talk rather than action."
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