8 Mistakes You Probably Make When Fighting With Your Partner. Be Honest, Which One Do You Make?

Every couple fights. Some do it in big boisterous ways, while others do it in small unnoticeable ways. Either way, there are pitfalls that any couple can fall into when fighting.

These top 8 mistakes are the most common conflict tactics that couples use, and often get them into hot water.

In reading below, ask yourself and be honest: Which one do you do? It is with this reflection that will give you insight into changing your conflict pattern with your partner. And hopefully, change your relationship for the better.

1. Using gestures that dismiss your partner

๐‚๐จ๐ฆ๐ฆ๐จ๐ง ๐ฆ๐ข๐ฌ๐ญ๐š๐ค๐ž: Showing defensive body language such as crossing your arms or legs and moving or turning away from your partner can make any fight worse. Other combative gestures include those that display anger and contempt. Pointing with your index finger and wringing your hands are signs that youโ€™re mad. Ridiculing your partner by rolling your eyes, shaking your head, or sneering can make the already sensitive situation even more hostile.

๐–๐ก๐š๐ญ ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ ๐œ๐š๐ง ๐๐จ ๐ข๐ง๐ฌ๐ญ๐ž๐š๐: Instead of crossing your arms, try facing your partner and keeping your palms facing upward. Sitting down and making eye contact may also help because they show that youโ€™re not trying to threaten them and that youโ€™re trying to listen. Holding hands is also a good idea when the argument has cooled off. Hugging your partner when theyโ€™re upset or crying can show that you care, but only when theyโ€™re ready to be touched by you.

2. Fighting about more than one issue at a time

๐‚๐จ๐ฆ๐ฆ๐จ๐ง ๐ฆ๐ข๐ฌ๐ญ๐š๐ค๐ž: Even though the argument started over one subject, you and your partner begin arguing about other unrelated things. It is natural to want to bring up old fights or past mistakes as โ€œevidenceโ€ for your current fight, but it will only serve your ego and upset your partner even more. Doing so would also confuse matters, because itโ€™s unlikely that youโ€™ll be able to tackle a few issues at a time.

๐–๐ก๐š๐ญ ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ ๐œ๐š๐ง ๐๐จ ๐ข๐ง๐ฌ๐ญ๐ž๐š๐: Focus on just the topic at hand and resist the temptation to argue about other things. If your partner is veering toward another subject, bring the main issue back to the discussion without blatantly dismissing their points.

3. Giving your partner the silent treatment

๐‚๐จ๐ฆ๐ฆ๐จ๐ง ๐ฆ๐ข๐ฌ๐ญ๐š๐ค๐ž: Silent treatment is when you donโ€™t want to communicate at all with someone, even to the point of ignoring their existence. Perhaps you do it to avoid conflict, to communicate that youโ€™re angry, or to punish your partner. But whatever the reason, giving them a silent treatment is not healthy because youโ€™re not opening up to discuss and resolve the issue.

๐–๐ก๐š๐ญ ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ ๐œ๐š๐ง ๐๐จ ๐ข๐ง๐ฌ๐ญ๐ž๐š๐: If you wish to remove yourself from a heated discussion, instead of being quiet and pretending they donโ€™t exist, tell them that you need time to cool off. Make time for a discussion in the future, when both of you can talk things over rationally. And if you want them to know that youโ€™re mad, rather than giving them the silent treatment, talk to them and tell them how you feel.

4. Not listening to their arguments

๐‚๐จ๐ฆ๐ฆ๐จ๐ง ๐ฆ๐ข๐ฌ๐ญ๐š๐ค๐ž: Itโ€™s easy to want to drown out their arguments with your own voice or want to be heard but not wanting to listen. But yelling over them or even listening only so you can use their points against them will not bring the 2 of you any closer to solving your issues. Interrupting them while theyโ€™re making their arguments to say, โ€œYouโ€™re misunderstanding meโ€ will leave both feeling misunderstood.

๐–๐ก๐š๐ญ ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ ๐œ๐š๐ง ๐๐จ ๐ข๐ง๐ฌ๐ญ๐ž๐š๐: Relax and donโ€™t take your significant otherโ€™s complaints personally. Remember that their criticisms are about their needs, not yours, so you donโ€™t have to be defensive. If they are saying something that might set you off, ask them to say it in a different way so you can understand them better. You can also adopt the โ€œ5-5-5โ€ method, where each of you takes 5 minutes to speak while the other just listens, and then use the last 5 minutes to talk it through.

5. Blaming your partner

๐‚๐จ๐ฆ๐ฆ๐จ๐ง ๐ฆ๐ข๐ฌ๐ญ๐š๐ค๐ž: While itโ€™s common to want to build a case to prove your partner wrong, pointing fingers, saying, โ€œIt was all your faultโ€ is like prosecuting them in court. You might win the fight at that time, but lose the relationship in the end. Itโ€™s equally not helpful if you insist on only seeing their flaws but youโ€™re unwilling to see yours.

๐–๐ก๐š๐ญ ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ ๐œ๐š๐ง ๐๐จ ๐ข๐ง๐ฌ๐ญ๐ž๐š๐: It may pay to be patient and try to understand where your partner is coming from. If you feel like theyโ€™re attacking you, itโ€™s wise to remain calm and think of your response before coming back with one. Be open to feedback, as there might be things that both of you could improve on.

6. Fighting at the wrong place or using the wrong medium

๐‚๐จ๐ฆ๐ฆ๐จ๐ง ๐ฆ๐ข๐ฌ๐ญ๐š๐ค๐ž: Breaking into a fight in a public place, a workplace, or a parentsโ€™ home can make things even more unnecessarily sensitive. Engaging in a fight via text messages or phone calls can lead to a misunderstanding as well. After all, you might be missing some facial cues and body language that could tell you what your loved one is really feeling.

๐–๐ก๐š๐ญ ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ ๐œ๐š๐ง ๐๐จ ๐ข๐ง๐ฌ๐ญ๐ž๐š๐: The disagreement may begin in the wrong place, but you can suggest discussing the matter further later, when you 2 can have your privacy. When you feel like a fight is about to ensue while youโ€™re on the phone or texting, it is better to ask them to meet face-to-face to talk things over.

7. Using harsh words

๐‚๐จ๐ฆ๐ฆ๐จ๐ง ๐ฆ๐ข๐ฌ๐ญ๐š๐ค๐ž: An intense fight can bring the worst out in you and make you want to curse and resort to name-calling. These are attacks that can put distance between you and your loved one and make them feel bad about themselves.

๐–๐ก๐š๐ญ ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ ๐œ๐š๐ง ๐๐จ ๐ข๐ง๐ฌ๐ญ๐ž๐š๐: Be conscious of your choice of words and monitor your own emotions. Always keep in mind what is important and think about what you could lose if you hurl insults. Remind yourself that you may feel good giving sharp jabs to your partner but it may not be worth it in the long haul.

8. Arguing when youโ€™re tired or hungry

๐‚๐จ๐ฆ๐ฆ๐จ๐ง ๐ฆ๐ข๐ฌ๐ญ๐š๐ค๐ž: These are outside factors that can escalate the fight unnecessarily. Hungry bickering or fighting when youโ€™re tired might not even come from your compatibility with your partner, and can be resolved by eating or getting some rest. One study found that people with low glucose (which comes from food) show more aggressive behavior toward their partners.

๐–๐ก๐š๐ญ ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ ๐œ๐š๐ง ๐๐จ ๐ข๐ง๐ฌ๐ญ๐ž๐š๐: Take a minute to evaluate whether youโ€™re arguing because of a particular issue or because youโ€™re in a state that makes you want to start a fight. If youโ€™re exhausted, remove yourself from a tense situation and get the rest you need before discussing an issue with your partner. If youโ€™re hungry, take a break and grab a snack first, even if you donโ€™t feel like it.

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