Relationships will have arguments. This is an unpleasant fact when two people in close contact deal with each other on a daily basis. Spending the majority of waking moments together can fray the mind at times and spark conflict. The first option, of course, would be to give each other space to allow personal time, which would cause continued goodwill between the partners. Inevitably an argument will occur. The way you handle that argument will say a lot about each partner and the strength of your relationship.
Stick to the issue in hand. This is the most important step. Bringing up past wrongdoings and external influences will make the argument more volatile. Do not crucify your partner for every fault in every argument. Stick to the present issue.
Do not argue over the little things. It does not matter what day or time something happened. The only thing that matters is the problem itself. Choosing to quibble over minute details only prolongs the argument and inserts more hostility to it.
Make the issues about you, not them. When you are arguing, give your complaint in the personal form. Explain how you feel, or how you reacted. In this way, blame is not immediately passed to your partner. Saying, “I felt frustrated when you….” Rather than “You really frustrated me when…” The difference may seem minimal, but the positive impact is great. Effective communication begins with explaining your feelings to your partner.
Do not usedecisive comments. Using words like ‘never’ and ‘always’ tend to create defensiveness in your partner. They will consistently be responded with commentary on how inaccurate the statement using those words is. Try to not to use such absolute adverbs in your argument.
Let your opinions stand on their own merits. In most arguments, a partner may feel the need to strengthen their argument by conveying that someone else agrees with them. This is a wrong move. Quite simply, your arguments either are, or should be, strong enough on their own. If they are not, then do not use that argument. Your relationship belongs to you and your partner and outside opinions should not be a factor.
Try to stay sitting down and relaxing. The key to having an effective and productive argument with your partner is remaining calm. Discussing issues with no animosity will always lead to resolution. One way to do this is to sit down. Walking around increases your heart rate, this will increase your activity. Soon you will be using wild hand motions and your partner will be less likely to want to talk with you. The other item to mention is that breathing is good. If you are not breathing, you cannot express yourself. So, take a deep breath, let it out and you wont pass out – this time.
Abuse is not the last step; it should never be a step period. Have you ever had an argument where your partner started calling you names? How did you feel? Consider that when you begin to call your partner names. Abuse comes in many forms and verbal abuse often begins with name-calling and insults. Furthermore, picking a degrading pet name or fifty in an argument is not an effective way to get your partner to see your side of the issue. More likely, it will result in hard feelings and an ever-looming end to your relationship.
Be aware of your feelings and express them. When you tell your partner what is bothering, scaring, or hurting you the conversation can begin in a more honest way. It will receive a more heartfelt response than placing blame. You will have made your partner aware of the underlying issue of the argument.
Sometimes an argument will not be resolved in one setting. For the more serious arguments, do not have the illusion that the argument will be resolved the first time it is discussed. If one or both of you begin to feel overly passionate about the topic and tempers begin to flare, take a break. Agree to put it aside. Do separate things and calm down. The sad truth about unresolved arguments is that they will always be there to pick up later.
Confronting the issue and not the person is the first rule of arguing. When you start abusing your partner verbally, and placing blame on them, chances for an amicable resolution with no hurt feelings become very slim. It does not matter who wins the argument if the relationship loses.