Tips for Fair Fighting for Couples
Fighting is often associated with bullying, violence and abuse. By following my tips about how to have a fair fight, you can experience the absence of bullying, violence and abuse and might be able to agree on a compromise afterwards.
When people fight, they mobilize a lot of energy in order to support an issue that is important to them. Most people, who get angry at each other, have an investment in relating to the other. Anger is often a signal that the person wants to change something that matters to them.
I teach couples to express anger by referring to a specific behaviour that has upset them and not to generalise their anger to the other persons whole being (which is often the case in abuse). If you can learn to express your anger clearly and directly and be as specific as possible, you have a better chance to be fully received and attended to by your partner.
In any way you can’t go wrong if you follow these steps:
stick to the issue in the course of a fight.
to deal with the issue
disturbed or disturb anyone else. Avoid your bedroom for fair fighting.
to a successful outcome
calling. Blame and abusive labelling are discounting of the other person and unlikely to keep the fight clean. In fact an agreement to not harm the other, yourself or the environment is a good starting point.
These tips are taken from the following book: Brief Therapy With Couples,
An integrative Approach by Maria Gilbert and Diana Shmukler
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