1. Focus on the Problem: When a disagreement turns to insults, the conversation is no longer productive. Focus on the problem and don’t blame your partner. If a disagreement becomes personal, take a break from the conversation.
2. Use “I” Statements: When sharing a concern, begin your sentences with “I” Here’s an example, I feel hurt when you don’t call and tell me you’re going to be late for dinner. “I” statements show that you take responsibility for your behaviors.
3. Take time outs: When you and your partner get argumentative, it’s good to take a break or a “time out.” When you’ve both calmed down, come back to resolving the problem. Make sure that you come back to the conversation and get closure!
4. Work toward a Resolution: Disagreements are a part of a relationship. Try to find a compromise that benefits the both of you.
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