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Ben and Alicia are both waiting for the other person to change. I see it all the time in my private practice. If you want your partner to change, start by accepting them for who they are. When people feel criticized, disliked, and unappreciated they are unable to change. Instead, they feel under siege and dig in to protect themselves. Instead of criticizing your partner, remind yourself of all of the things you appreciate about them, and share those things with them.
Be genuinely interested in learning about why they see or do something differently than you, and be open to respecting and even celebrating what makes each of you unique. Of course, there are some things that should never be tolerated in a relationship, like abuse, addiction, or infidelity. These behaviors should be addressed in a loving and direct way with the help of a professional.
Even in those cases, it is possible to accept the person even if you do not accept their behavior. The underlying issue in their marriage is that neither partner is able to express their needs in a non-blameful way. They had never discussed what alone time and time together meant to each of them.
His understanding led him to carve out time to spend together on the weekends. Couples seeking a deeper emotional connection need to understand that vulnerability and intimacy go hand in hand. In other words, intimacy can only occur when partners are vulnerable enough to share their deepest hopes, fears, and dreams without judgement. Conflict is not a bad thing in relationships.
After watching thousands of couples in his lab for over 40 years, Dr. Gottman discovered a simple truth: all couples argue. The difference between the couples that stay together and the ones who divorce is the way they repair after conflict. The Masters of relationships take responsibility for their role in the issue and change their own behavior. Repair is absolutely crucial in any kind of relationship, particularly intimate relationships.
Here are four things you can do instead of trying to change your partner that can change your relationship for the better. Be a better partner Many people stay in bad relationships with the desire to change their partner. In Marriage RulesDr. Change comes from the bottom up: that is from the person who is in the most pain, or who has the least power, or who has lost or compromised too much in the relationship. Focus on the issues at hand When you focus on changing your partner, you miss the opportunity to work together to come up with a solution.
Instead, focus on the issues at hand to meet both of your needs. Anger is usually a symptom of Come get your needs seen to hurt, fear, and frustration, so speak in I statements and focus on expressing your feelings in a vulnerable way that invites your partner to understand your pain, rather than pushes them away. Take responsibility We are responsible for how our words and actions make our partner feel.
Apologize to your partner by taking responsibility for the problem, even just a small piece, and this will validate their feelings, promote forgiveness, and allow you both to move on.
Gottman explains that criticizing your partner is one of The Four Horsemen that predicts divorce. It is different from offering a critique or voicing a complaint. Successful couples remember to give each other the benefit of the doubt and consider that they are both doing the best they can.
In The Science of TrustDr. Gottman advices couples to talk about their feelings in terms of a positive need, instead of what they do not need. By being good friends, you can build a healthy bond that will help you repair and navigate challenging moments together. There is a saying to be the change you wish to see in the world. As a man changes his own nature, so does the attitude of the world change towards him. The Marriage Minute is a new newsletter from The Gottman Institute that will improve your marriage in 60 seconds or less.
Over 40 years of research with thousands of couples has proven a simple fact: small things often can create big changes over time. Got a minute? up below. Follow Terry on TwitterFacebookand movingpastdivorce. Search for:. Instead of trying to change your partner, be the change you wish to see in your relationship. Name First Last.
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