Money has the potential to become a point of contention in your relationship

Financial management is often a source of conflict for couples that grows out of a lack of understanding and communication around money and how it relates to your relationship. Takeaway Money has the potential to become a point of contention in your relationship; be proactive and begin to understand how money influences the relationship you … Continue reading Money has the potential to become a point of contention in your relationship

How do your communication and conflict resolution patterns contribute to expectations in your relationship?

There are certain expectations you have of yourself, and others that you put on your partner, and while that is not a bad thing, it can become detrimental to your relationship if your expectations are not realistic or even worse, uncommunicated. Additionally, if you expect something from your partner that is completely outside of their … Continue reading How do your communication and conflict resolution patterns contribute to expectations in your relationship?

Identify your expectation filter and begin to understand its impact on your relationship

Expectations can negatively impact your relationship if they are unrealistic or uncommunicated to your partner. The next time you or your partner feel disappointed because of an unmet expectation, talk about it. Try to identify why the expectation was not met. Was it too high to achieve? Was it not communicated? Did the expectation change … Continue reading Identify your expectation filter and begin to understand its impact on your relationship

Acknowledging expectations is the first step to managing them effectively in your relationship

Expectations can negatively impact your relationship if they are unrealistic or uncommunicated to your partner. If you expect something from your partner that is completely outside of their capabilities, how can your partner come close to meeting them? Additionally, communicating expectations effectively and managing conflict contributing to expectations is fundamental to ensuring your relationship endures. … Continue reading Acknowledging expectations is the first step to managing them effectively in your relationship

Unfulfilled expectations often become the source of conflict because preconceived notion distorts the actual experience

There are certain expectations you have of yourself, and others that you put on your partner and while that is not a bad thing, it can become detrimental to your relationship if your expectations are not realistic or even worse, uncommunicated. Unfulfilled expectations often become the source of conflict because preconceived notion distorts the actual … Continue reading Unfulfilled expectations often become the source of conflict because preconceived notion distorts the actual experience

Conflict is inevitable in relationships: Make a commitment to evaluate your next conflict

Conflict is inevitable in relationships, but if dealt with in a healthy, productive, and respectful way, it can bring you closer as a couple and make your relationship stronger. The next time you find yourself on the verge of an argument, focus on using “I statements” to take responsibility for your own feeling: “I felt … Continue reading Conflict is inevitable in relationships: Make a commitment to evaluate your next conflict

What are non-verbal cues that you give your partner or that your partner gives you that influence the direction of the discussion?

Pride, bias, and defensive mechanisms prevent us from dealing with conflict in a healthy, productive manner. But it doesn’t have to be that way. There are strategies you and your partner can use to effectively deal with conflict in your relationship. Consider the following issues that arise when facing conflict with our partner: How does … Continue reading What are non-verbal cues that you give your partner or that your partner gives you that influence the direction of the discussion?

When conflict arises, try to communicate assertively and take responsibility for your own feelings and actions

When conflict arises, try to communicate assertively and take responsibility for your own feelings and actions, and try to focus solely on the issue at hand. If the argument starts to get out of hand, ask for a "time out." Taking 5 to 20 minutes away from your partner will calm you enough to allow … Continue reading When conflict arises, try to communicate assertively and take responsibility for your own feelings and actions

When conflict arises try to communicate assertively and take responsibility for your own feelings and actions

When conflict arises, avoid using blameful language towards your partner as that invites negativity into the situation. Try to communicate assertively and take responsibility for your own feelings and actions, and try to focus solely on the issue at hand. Consider the following issues that arise when facing conflict with our partner: What does “take … Continue reading When conflict arises try to communicate assertively and take responsibility for your own feelings and actions

When conflict arises, avoid using blameful language towards your partner – be respectful

When conflict arises, avoid using blameful language towards your partner as that invites negativity into the situation. Try to communicate assertively and take responsibility for your own feelings and actions, and try to focus solely on the issue at hand. Consider the following issues that arise when facing conflict with our partner: How can you … Continue reading When conflict arises, avoid using blameful language towards your partner – be respectful