Do You Engage in Conscious Combat or Are You Just Fighting?

January 20, 2015 7:44 PM

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Conflict, especially in relationships, has gotten a pretty bad rap over the years and for good reason. Unresolved differences are the source of an awful lot of physical, mental and emotional distress. Many couples have concluded that arguing and fighting is painful that it's better to avoid acknowledging differences at all, and have co-created agreements (sometimes unspoken or even unconscious) to ignore or deny the presence of differences that could potentially activate hard or hurt feelings.

This policy may be an effective short-term strategy but it can have disastrous long-term consequences. When relational differences aren't adequately addressed, there is a strong likelihood that withheld feelings will morph into slow burning resentment, ongoing frustration, emotional disengagement, d...

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