By Eleanor Beeslaar
Conflict is a normal part of healthy relationships, and it is important to be able to resolve disagreements or arguments in a way that promotes growth and strengthens your relationship. A crucial part of successful conflict management is healthy communication, so we encourage you to keep the tips and strategies for healthy communication discussed in yesterday’s blog in mind as you learn more about effective ways to manage conflict in your relationships.
Here are some great tips to help you resolve conflict in your relationship:
- Set boundaries: You and your partner should always feel respected, even during arguments or disagreements. If your partner starts treating you disrespectfully, such as calling you names, you have the right to tell them to stop. If they continue to mistreat you, you can walk away tell them that you can discuss the problem later on when you both have calmed down.
- Find the root of the issue: Couples often argue or disagree when one partner feels like their wants and needs are not being met; however, this might not be clear during the argument. Try to understand why you or your partner feel upset during an argument and talk about the real issue instead of constantly arguing about small things.
- Agree to disagree: You and your partner won’t always agree on everything, and that’s okay. Be open to hearing and respecting one another’s opinions without feeling obligated to agree or change your position on your values or beliefs.
- Compromise: Compromise is a difficult, yet essential part of successful conflict resolution. It allows both you and your partner to have your needs met, even if it’s not at the same time. When you and your partner are able to compromise, you are showing each other that you value and respect one another’s wants and needs in the relationship.
The next time you are faced with an argument, keep these tips in mind, and practice your healthy communication skills to work towards successful conflict resolution!
The information in this post was adapted from loveisrespect.org. Visit https://www.loveisrespect.org/healthy-relationships/conflict-resolution/ for more information.
Loveisrespect.org (2017). Conflict Resolution in Healthy Relationships. Retrieved from