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10 Steps to Handle Relationship Conflicts


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If you are having conflicts in one of your relationships, and if you want to find a constructive way to deal with that, consider these 10 steps to bring harmony back to your relationship. You can read them in my article over at Dumb Little Man.

10 Steps to Handle Relationship Conflicts

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42 Responses to 10 Steps to Handle Relationship Conflicts

  1. civita March 27, 2008 at 10:59 am #

    This is definitely some good insight into ways to keep a relationship healthy.

  2. MonkMojo March 28, 2008 at 12:21 pm #

    “Better to Be Happy than to Be Right.” True dat!

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  3. Joey April 2, 2008 at 1:15 am #

    Hey agentsully thanks for sharing!

    Those points are really useful and they’ll be good to remember, thanks.

    There’s another one that works for me. I’ve realised that most conflicts is usually about an issue or a frustration with a problem… not really with the person themself.

    For me it really helps to remember in heated moments that I’m fighting against the PROBLEM, not the PERSON.

  4. Leeds Physio April 2, 2008 at 3:03 am #

    It depends how important the relationship is – sometimes its just too much fun being right. So its a question of what makes you most happy, being right or being in that relationship.

  5. TT LoanShark April 3, 2008 at 8:22 am #

    The word ‘relationship’ is dehumanising. I imagine it came from psychoanalysis. Are they your friend, husband, wife, girlfriend, boyfriend or lover? Call a thing by its proper name, I say!

  6. agentsully April 3, 2008 at 10:46 pm #

    @TT – sorry about that. Writing “relationship” was easier because it encompasses every possibility.

  7. agentsully April 3, 2008 at 11:33 pm #

    @Leeds Physio – good point. I think being right is sometimes more important to some folks. Sometimes it can depend on the cycle we’re in at the moment. Thanks for your comment!

  8. agentsully April 3, 2008 at 11:35 pm #

    @Joey – that’s a helpful insight “fighting against the problem, not the person.” I’m going to keep that in my back pocket for next time I need it! thanks!

  9. Malcom - Grill Accessories April 4, 2008 at 4:44 pm #

    Nice article. I really enjoyed it and am gonna implement what I haven’t already into the arguments I have with people in my life. Thanks.

  10. agentsully April 5, 2008 at 9:43 am #

    @ Malcom – Good luck! Thanks for dropping by!

  11. Teenage Love April 25, 2008 at 2:01 pm #

    Good advice. Also check my site for relationship advice. These top 10 posts are fantastic.

  12. david May 28, 2008 at 1:12 pm #

    One of the main rules to remember is that no one wins an argument! And, if you bent on proving that your right you may as well waive goodbye to your partner as their walking out the door!

    Check out this Relationship Quiz

  13. Loskas June 5, 2008 at 6:11 am #

    Thanks for the link! Really helpful to me.

  14. Jeennee June 7, 2008 at 5:39 am #

    That is one good tip from David. And good post from you.
    I’m trying to be friendly and not to get into any conflicts, but sometimes it just happens..

  15. One Year Millionaire June 25, 2008 at 10:22 am #

    thanks for this great article… I feel like I am learning so much while browsing your blog!!

  16. agentsully July 11, 2008 at 4:50 pm #

    @One Year Millionaire – thanks! I’m so glad to hear that!

  17. how to get your ex girlfriend back July 19, 2008 at 7:35 pm #

    Some really good advice in this article. Just never go to bed mad at each other. Make sure everything is resolved beforehand.

    Kudos to you man.

  18. garth anthony January 29, 2009 at 10:37 am #

    You will never be able to avoid arguments forever,but it is how you deal with them when they come up that matters,silly little things can get blown up out of all proportion in relationships,when you both stand back and look at it you will most likely not even know what started it!

  19. Ray February 3, 2009 at 2:19 pm #

    I agree address the issues head on and take responsibility. good article!

  20. John Paul November 25, 2009 at 6:19 pm #

    I’m a firm believer that jealousy is the source of most relationship conflicts. I also believe that love is something that’s meant to be… if you’re a woman who wants to get her ex-boyfriend back it’s important that you take some of the steps outlined in this article. If that still doesn’t work, I think one needs to take unconventional measures.

    • agentsully December 8, 2009 at 11:51 am #

      @John Paul – thanks for adding your thoughts. I’m curious about the unconventional measures you might suggest. Can you tell us more?

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