Dr Pam saysI have news for you, Meg, it could well "always be like this" unless you change the way you argue! Here are some tips for emotionally healthy arguing?
1. Record yourselvesAgree to tape record or video yourselves when arguing and play it back afterwards. Have a tape-recorder, dictaphone or camcorder ready and hit "record" when you feel tensions rising. It may sound odd, but believe me, it's the quickest way to realise how awful you both look and sound when you get into full flow!
2. Stick to a time limitUse an egg timer and agree each of you has three minutes to put your case forward. Interruptions aren't allowed!
3. Avoid insultsNever shout things to each other that you can't take back and that won't be forgotten.
4. Steer clear of divorceNever shout the D-word during an argument. Once the idea of divorce is on the table, you're on a slippery slope that could easily have been prevented. If you plant that idea, it's hard to get it out of each other's heads.
5. Stay soberDon't drink and argue - alcohol-fuelled rows are far worse than sober ones.
6. Be objectiveReally try to see each other's point of view. No one's ever 100% right. Slow things down, and say something like, "so you really feel X, Y, or Z when I do A, B, or C?"
7. Admit defeatFinally, know when to let go of something. Is being "right" more important than forgetting about it and being happy?
If things really don't improve having tried these tips, you may want to contact Relate
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