Both of these strategies, festering and denial, are not effective. They are not effective because they don't address the real issues and likely make matters worse. The happiest couples are those that are able to repair the relationship after a big fight.
Repairing a relationship after a fight is not easy. It takes maturity, intentionality, and real effort. There are steps you can take with your partner to ease the process of repair.
5 Steps to Help Repair the Relationship
There are a variety of ways that couples can help repair and heal a relationship after a fight. Sometime and depending on how you approach repairing the relationship, the relationship can grow stronger as a result.
1. Talk About How Each Person Felt
The first step in moving past the conflict is acknowledging and processing the emotions involved in a fight. Each person has the right to express how they truly felt without needing to justify their emotions.
This is not a time to judge your partner's emotions or ask for extensive clarification. Some of the common emotions during a fight include:
2. Validate Each Other's Perceptions
Validation does not meet agreement. However you can validate the feelings your partner is experiencing which helps them feel connected and that you get what they are going through. This step builds off the first one. In this step each partner shares their perspective on the fight.
It's important to remember that each person has a unique perspective and that neither one is necessarily "wrong." It's very important that you seek to understand and even validate your partner's perspective even if you disagree.
Here are a few examples of validation statements:
"I can see how you would have felt that way."
"It sounds like you felt criticized and belittled by my words."
"I didn't realize I was coming across so spiteful."
3. Accept Responsibility for Your Part
It usually takes two to tango. Speaking with your partner about your role in the conflict can be an important step toward repair.
Many people come back and tell their partner that they have been stressed and emotionally vulnerable. People acknowledge that they were not clearly expressing their needs.
There are no perfect people and no ideal relationships. Mistakes will be made and feelings will get hurt. The important part is for injuries to be acknowledged and steps taken together toward repair.
Compromise is not a dirty word. In fact, compromise is essential for a healthy relationship.
Compromise is a two-way street. It involves both persons negotiating and taking steps towards the other person.
There will be a level of personal sacrifice that works only if the other person is also willing to stretch themselves. Compromise is a way of letting your partner have influence over you.
Men usually have a harder time accepting influence from their wives. If each person can accept influence from their partner, working together becomes much easier and enjoyable.
5. Marriage Counseling & Couple's Therapy
Once you have explored the deeper issues, you can improve your communication and conflict style. A trained couples therapist and marriage counselor can help guide you on your journey to strengthen your relationship.
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