Do you find yourself disagreeing with your spouse on a regular basis? Maybe it’s about money or division of household chores or how to raise your children. It seems like there are a thousand things to argue about. However, according to Dr. Tim Downs, every one of our conflicts can be boiled down to one of seven basic topics, including loyalty, security, and responsibility.
It isn’t necessary to see eye-to-eye on every topic in a marriage, but if you see something wrong in your relationship, and your spouse refuses to listen to your complaints, what can you do? Is it possible to convince your partner that something is broken if they can’t see it? Today, Dr. Muehlhoff explores what it looks like to communicate dissatisfaction in your relationship with an oblivious partner.
It's no question that everyone wants to communicate and resolve conflict in a healthy way. If done well, it results in higher levels of happiness and health in our lives. In today's blog, family therapist Willa Williams dives into the physical, the psychological, and the spiritual benefits of good communication and conflict management, helping you develop the skills necessary for a happy, healthy marriage.
If we are honest, we must admit that we are not the best at communicating our feelings or resolving conflict. It may be because these things were not well-modeled for us, or perhaps we're just not very skilled at them. First, in this first in a series of three blogs, Willa Williams (MA, LMFT) describes seven reasons why we fail to communicate and resolve conflict well. Parts two and three will focus on why we should and how we can do them well, giving us the skills we need to cultivate a healthy relationship.
Conflict is inevitable within every relationship, but how we confront one another is critical for the flourishing of the relationship. How do we initiate hard conversations well so that they can be fruitful and mutually beneficial? In today's video, Noreen Muehlhoff, Dr. Donna Thoennes and Dr. Erik Thoennes discuss what it means to have confrontation with the goal of edification and how that allows the relationship to go deeper.
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