Managing conflict in my marriage has been complicated by the fact that my husband and I approach the resolution from different angles. He has wanted to have a rational debate and prove why his opinion is right. I have wanted to have an intimate conversation about what I am feeling and what is motivating me on an emotional level.
Perhaps both approaches are each half of a whole in conflict resolution steps. Forging a solution that is wise necessitates exploring facts and thinking clearly. Forging a solution agreeable to both parties necessitates understanding the other’s feelings and emotional needs. Do you think both approaches are steps needed to resolve a conflict successfully?