Common Relationship Issues

All relationships, at one point or another, encounter differences between partners that are both important to each party and difficult to resolve. These differences might seem minor (“You’re not picking up after yourself”) or more significant (“You are not paying much attention to me”). No matter the problem, however, if the disagreement is not handled well, then the parties will wind up arguing. Often, the argument is not about the initial disagreement, but rather how one felt mistreated or disrespected in the course of the communication about the problem. Arguing is essentially an effort by each party to get his or her point across without any effort to understand the point of view of the other. Chronic unresolved problems, as well as poor communication about those problems, can lead rapidly to loss of positive feelings. The end result is that a formerly intimate relationship now feels distant and unrewarding.

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