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Seth and Kayla, both in their late forties and married for fifteen years, are considering divorce. She keeps threatening to leave, and that might be the best option. Many couples like Seth and Kayla are ready to throw in the towel and want quick solutions to save their marriage.
Truth be told, this is a common problem, but the solutions are never easy. The good news is that if you are willing to put effort into rescuing your marriage, there are things you can do that can give you a fresh start. Breaking the cycle of an unhappy relationship dynamic requires a radical shift in mindset. Taking responsibility for your part in the conflict or dispute is a great starting point. Studies show that the most common reason why couples develop serious difficulties is that one or both partners withdraw due to feelings of hurt, anger, and resentment. In a recent study of 14, participants, Dr.
Paul Schrodt found that women were usually but not always the ones who demanded or pursued and men tended to withdraw or distance. Many couples play the blame gameleading to a pursuer-distancer dance that causes one partner to chase the other around. After a while, they are no longer addressing the issue at hand and enter into a vicious cycle of resentment, frustration, and anger.
Relationship expert Dr. Harriet Lerner explains that the recipe for failure in a marriage is waiting for the other person to change.
Rather than giving up on their marriage, couples need to lean toward each other. Instead, Dr. Lerner recommends that you take responsibility for warming things up and increase positive reinforcement. Practicing what Dr. John Gottman calls emotional attunement can help you stay connected in spite of your differences.
Gottman recommends a ratio of interactions — meaning for every negative interaction, you need five positive ones. Gottman discovered in over 40 years of research with thousands of couples that the one solution to marital problems is to get good at repair. Below are 10 things to try before giving up on your marriage, based on the work of Dr.
John Gottman. Complain without blame Have you developed a habit of criticizing your partner? Talking about specific issues will reap better than attacking your partner.
Bouncing back from disagreements rather than avoiding conflict is key because couples who strive to avoid it are at risk of developing stagnant relationships. Stay focused on the issues at hand Ask yourself: What am I trying to accomplish? Remember anger is usually a symptom of underlying hurt, fear, and frustration.
So ask questions that go deeper to understand the positive need your partner is seeking. Avoid defensiveness and showing contempt for your partner rolling your eyes, ridicule, name-calling, sarcasm, etc. Boost up physical affection According to author Dr. Kory Floydholding hands, hugging, and touching can release oxytocin the bonding hormone that causes a calming sensation.
Physical affection also reduces stress hormones — lowering daily levels of the stress hormone cortisol. Search for common ground rather than insisting on getting your way when you have a disagreement. Spend time with your partner on a daily basis Try a variety of activities that bring you both pleasure. Communicate honestly about key issues in your relationship Be sure to be forthcoming about your concerns and express your thoughts, feelings, and wishes in a respectful way. Develop a Hurt-Free Zone policy This term coined by author David Akiva refers to a period when criticism is not allowed.
Without it, couples usually feel less defensive and so hurt feelings dissolve. Try to remember you are on the same team. Accept that people do the best they can and try to be more understanding. It is understandable that you might feel hurt, frustrated, resentful, or rejected if you perceive that your partner has checked out of your marriage. The next time you have a disagreement with him or her, stop second-guessing their reactions and examine your own responses. Instead of shutting down or becoming critical, adopt a resilient mindset and work on ways you can repair your relationship and get back on track.
If want to build a deeply meaningful relationship full of trust and intimacy, then subscribe below to receive our blog posts directly to your inbox:. Follow Terry on TwitterFacebookand movingpastdivorce. Search for:. A Radical Shift in Mindset The good news is that if you are willing to put effort into rescuing your marriage, there are things you can do that can give you a fresh start.
Stop the Blame Game Many couples play the blame gameleading to a pursuer-distancer dance that causes one partner to chase the other around. Enter Confirm. This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.Married no longer willing to be put to the side
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10 Things to Try Before Giving Up On Your Marriage