The Resolution and Aftermath of a Fight
Since conflict is a normal occurrence within a relationship, you will definitely be faced the challenge of how to handle it. Some people choose to avoid, yell, abuse, instigate, or regulate. While each of these serve their purpose, they will not help in strengthening your relationships with those around you.
Don't forget that we are all human and each have needs.
Remember this handy diagram?
Your job in a relationship is to meet the needs of your partner, while your partner's job is to likewise meet yours. When somebody perceives this not to be happening, there is conflict.
1. Figure out what needs aren't being met
2. Acknowledge and affirm that your partner feels this way
3. Communicate openly about how to meet the needs in the future
With this, conflict is most likely resolved.
Keys to a Successful Resolution and Aftermath:
The resolution and aftermath are contingent on a few ingredients. During "The Fight" try the following to help ensure a clean end to the conflict.
1. Timeouts: It is fair game to take a timeout and remove yourself
from the conflict, BUT, you must explain why you
need a timeout AND communicate that this is an
important conversation that you wish to be
continued and simply need a couple mins to level out.
2. Focus: Are you focusing on yourself? If so, remember your role
in a relationship, to meet the needs of your PARTNER. Take
a moment to focus on them and do your job to meet their
needs, while the "Law of Reciprocity" works for you.
3. Gain: When conflict arises individuals typically jump into fight
or flight mode and try to save themselves. Take a step back
and ask yourself, "What am I gaining from this" and "How
will this make my relationship stronger?" After answering
both these questions you will have a better gauge
as to whether you should be arguing in the first place!
Enjoy using the principles from Part I, II, and III of
"The Science of an Argument"