Jun 29, 2021
Brian Mayer is excited to take about 10 episodes of the podcast
to talk about communication. It is probably
the most talked about issue that couples have together that can
sometimes not work well. We will take some time to dive into
this topic to help give you better tools to work on and things to
consider to help communication between you and your spouse be more
effective and more loving. We hope you are inspired by
today’s message. For more information and additional
resources please visit our website at http://www.theremarriedlife.com
- In a romantic relationship, the longer we are together the more
we may begin what feels like a wrestling for power.
- It may happen in big situations like how to handle parenting or
deal with an ex-spouse. It could happen with even small things like
where best to put the sugar in the pantry.
- Obviously as we gain more comfort with our partner in a
relationship it is bound that these things will happen.
- Both people in the relationship believe that power distribution
should be equal in most every situation and if one or both people
believe it is not, then it can certainly cause tension and
- Power struggles obviously make it very difficult to reach a
compromise or agreements.
- Often the inability to compromise may come from childhood or
past relationships. If you or your partner never saw good conflict
management growing up then of course it is going to be difficult to
know how to resolve issues.
- Maybe in a past relationship you felt completely controlled.
And as such you refuse to allow that feeling to happen again.
So you stand up for everything you disagree with.
- Often we don’t back down from something because we believe
something bad will result or maybe we have a fear. Often though
many times these beliefs are irrational.
- Or sometimes we thinking backing down shows that we aren’t
strong or can’t stand up for ourselves.
- Again as with everything we are talking about there can be a
lot at play in pushing us in one direction or another.
- So lets talk some suggestions for solutions:
- Talk About Your Histories. Talk about your
childhood and past relationship when it came time to share power
and decision making. The more you know and understand about
your partner, the better.
- Talk About Your Fears. Does giving in mean
that you think something negative will happen? Express these
to each other. Be honest with yourself about the likelihood
that this will happen if you give in.
- One Manager, One Employee. If there is a power
struggle in a situation, decide if you can be okay that one person
manages and makes decisions and the other helps carry them
- Each Give a Little. Is there something small
that you each can give in on to make something happen.
- Try it Your Way This Time and Mine Next. Agree
to try it one of your ways this time and reassess and then if it is
not working, try something else or try it your partner’s way.
Don’t gloat if your partner’s way does not work!
- Agree to Disagree Without Resentment. This one
is often not the best approach because something it doesn’t get to
a solution and sometimes it is hard to do without
- Talk about How it Went. After something
happens, have a discussion about how it went by working to keep
emotional regulation low.
- Often in relationships I will hear both people might believe
their partner does not yield power. One though may be loud and
aggressive and the other quiet and immovable. Both people can
see the other as not yielding but in reality both are
- Keep working at what famous couples researcher John Gottman
calls “Accepting Influence” to help build trust, remove resentment,
and create a greater connection.
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