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Couples get together because they believe in the idea of happiness. Couples stay together because they still believe they can achieve it. People in relationships pretty much want the same things: love, security, trust. Understanding is something very different. The reason partners complain to each other is because they are not getting their needs met. What are these needs? They vary with each person. One partner may feel disconnected from her mate and may want to feel like she matters to him.
If her partner knew this he would probably be willing to say something to help her feel better. That is understanding. She may feel ignored and become sad and then angry, and all those feelings come out in complaints about the dinner plates or the garbage. Instead we just take the sadness and the disappointment and turn it into a criticism hoping that at least we can get something in return. But the return action is often worse. No one likes to be criticized, and no one responds well to judgment.
It hurts. What we get in many relationships is hurt feelings on top of hurt feelings. One person says something cross, the other replies and takes it up a notch. Both people feel cheated and misunderstood. This could even become a pattern that couples end up living with. Some couples learn how to resolve hurt feelings with an apology. It might be helpful to learn what is going on inside the person before the attack begins. This is where the need for understanding plays a role. If she knew that she needed to feel important and valued by her mate, she might be able to ask for it.
I know this is not how people talk in real life, but I assure you it feels amazing to ask for what you need and have your partner give it to you. If couples could learn what their partner needs, wants, or desires in that moment, they would probably be happy to give it to him or her. People in relationships want to see their partners happy.
Couples who want a good relationship do not want to see their mates suffer. The hard part, and what I spend the most time concentrating on in counseling, is teaching people to understand themselves and each other so they can feel happy. When couples nail this, everything else is easy to figure out. In summary, if you are in a relationship and you feel stressed and misunderstood, I encourage you to take your first step toward understanding.
Try to become aware of your partner. What does he want, need, or desire? When you learn this, you will be well on your way to a better relationship; one with love, security, and ,above all, understanding. All Rights Reserved. Permission to publish granted to GoodTherapy. The preceding article was solely written by the author named above.
Any views and opinions expressed are not necessarily shared by GoodTherapy. Questions or concerns about the preceding article can be directed to the author or posted as a comment below. Please fill out all required fields to submit your message. Sometimes all that it takes to be close and stay connected to your partner is a pep talk and appreciation for small things that they do and we often take for granted. IF both partners practice this then that will be perfect. I am saying this from my own experience. It definitely works :. Couples counseling is hard! It is not a walk in the park.
But for me and my wife it was one of the ebst steps that we ever took toward getting to where we wanted and needed to be in our own relationship. We were not having huge issues but things that would start out smal would build and build until finally we were always just looking at each other and wondering what the ehck had just happened. Our counselor taught us and worked with us on how to get past that and how to talk with and listen to one another in a way that made communication so much easier for both of us.
This was something that we paid for out of pocket because we did not want to lose what we had and it was definitely money well spent. I want to second your statement that we are not usually taught how to recognize and express our feelings, especially in relationships. Even those of us with practice at it read: us therapists often forget what we know when our feelings are on the line!
The intimacy that couples possess as an asset also acts as a liability when conflicts arise. We have an immense ability to wound our partners with the little jabs and passive-aggressive things we do because we care about each other so much.
Good Therapy always posts excellent articles. You should try and read them! Very helpful topics and easy to understand and use in your own life! This is a very interesting article; very intriguing. I will focus to practice the benefits of patience and understanding. Thank you so very much!
My hubby is very angry person but loves me alot n care too. I have been wife my wife for almost 30 years. We also give each other a small allowance each pay. We discuss situations before we get into fights and we tell each WHY we were upset. We are both good at feeling like we have heard the other in our discussions argument or not and take the attitude that we both will compromise. Lastly we text each other with a loving message.
The article is good. Usually, i always try to make things into like what he wanted. My question is lacking understanding of Father and Mother relationships of spouse,but understanding your own mother relationship how can someone not see the similarities?
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