In a relationship, conflict is inevitable; it is simply a matter of how the belligerents in a conflict react to each other. A study was conducted among over one hundred couples to see how they responded to direct conflicts with their significant other. Four types of resolution strategies used were avoidance, actively fixing the problem, seeing a different viewpoint, and simply conceding. In terms of the strategies’ outcomes, actively fixing the problem tended to work the best, with avoidance tending to be the worst strategy. Seeing a different viewpoint and conceding could work, but it was contingent upon the other partner’s response being complementary and beneficial to the outcome.
- One way to solve an issue with partner is avoidance, which lets each party cool down and gain a level head.
- Expressing remorse and apologizing may actively repair issues within relationships.
- In a relationship conflict, each partner should attempt to get out of their own head, and take the other’s perspective.
“Couples won’t always find solutions to their conflicts, but they do need to find ways to move beyond them if they want their relationship to be a happy one.”