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    Steven Robinson

    What are some effective ways to communicate with your partner during a disagreement?

    Having a disagreement or argument with a partner can be incredibly difficult. It is never easy to maintain your composure while trying to convey your side of the argument, especially when both sides have passionate opinions. However, the last thing couples should do is shut down communication. Successful communication is key in maintaining trust, respect, and love in any relationship.

    Here are 8 tips on how to communicate effectively during conflicts:

    1. Listen intently. One of the most important aspects of communication is listening. Give your partner the opportunity to fully get their point across by not interrupting or cutting them off. Saying “Yes” and “I see” shows your acceptance of their thoughts and feelings.

    2. Keep the conversation focused. It is easy to switch topics in the heat of the moment or to bring up the past. Resist the urge to make the argument more difficult than it needs to be. Focus solely on the main point that you both need to address.

    3. Examine the entire situation. During the argument, it is easy to become stressed and hyper-focused on the problem at hand. Remember to keep the bigger picture in mind by considering the goals of both parties and the end result overall.

    4. Be aware of potential triggers. If a conversation gets heated, it is important to examine if there are topics or ideas that may set off tempers or hurt feelings. Keeping the conversation positive can help keep disagreements civil.

    5. Find common ground. When it is difficult to come to a mutual agreement, take a step back and look for any shared values or goals that may bring compromise.

    6. Refrain from making assumptions. Speak about your own feelings and experiences and avoid jumping to conclusions about your partner’s stance. Making assumptions can quickly lead to detrimental misunderstandings that increase animosity.

    7. Try to act calmly and rationally. Taking a moment to calm down yourself and keeping the conversation between the two of you can help keep emotions at bay.

    8. Take responsibility for your part. No one is perfect and it is important to be mindful of your actions and words, especially in a charged argument. Taking accountability for your own actions can help ease tension, eventually leading to compromise.

    Arguments and disagreements are not only inevitable but important in any relationship. With these tips, couples can learn to navigate tough conversations and maintain a strong bond.

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