This week is part three of a topic we all have to deal with - stress in our relationships and how to handle the resulting conflict that comes from stress. Last week, we talked about solvable and perpetual problems and how to move past that feeling of getting “stuck” in a conflict (a term we referenced as “gridlock”).
We also discussed how 4 things: criticism, contempt, defensiveness, and stonewalling are what Gottman marriage researchers say can be disastrous in a conflict. Julie, you also mentioned that some people have tried conflict resolution skills repeatedly and it seems like they just can’t seem to stay calm in conflict. In the effort to focus on moving toward a positive outcome, today let’s help our listeners understand more about those big emotions that can arise during conflict and what to do when they arise.
From emotions as messengers to rethinking how we engage in conflict, this week's episode is a real winner. Thanks for joining in the conversation!~