You have to be right. Stop trying to be right and try to see from their perspective. Things change in a relationship when you try to see what the other person is seeing. Often though, we want to be right. Because, well, we’re right.
You don’t listen. Many times in a discussion, instead of listening, you simply start thinking of your response to what the other person is saying. You aren’t able to engage them.
The thinking is, if you don’t have a response ready the moment they stop talking, you won’t be heard. While it makes sense in our heads, it is ludicrous in a relationship. This goes back to wanting to be right instead of to understand.
You fail to see it from their perspective. If you don’t listen well, you will never be able to see anything from a different perspective. If you fail to see your spouses perspective, you might end up making a mistake.
You don’t know how they listen best. Couples who fight often, don’t know how their spouse likes to discuss things. This was a game changer for us. Katie likes to discuss things immediately, she is a verbal processor. I on the other hand like to process things in my head. By the time I share any idea with someone (at home or at work), I have been thinking about it for months. If Katie gives me space, we often have a better discussion. Now, sometimes I need to bite the bullet on my preference and discuss it with her. Understand how your spouse processes information and work from there.
You don’t know what the real issue is. Often, when a couple has a fight, the topic they think they are fighting about is not what they are fighting about.
They are fighting about what the situation reminds them of. Their spouse said something that reminds them of what their parent used to say, so they react to that.
We end up punishing our spouse for what someone else did.
You belittle them. Want to end a conversation with your spouse, belittle them, insult them or disrespect them. Act like they don’t do enough.
Credit: Josh Reid.