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Fights are part and parcel of any relationship - after all, it's about two people looking at the world through different viewpoints. What matters though, is how you're fighting. Below, some tips to note. 

 

#1 Don't sweep it under the rug

Or undermine your partner's concerns. It's way too easy to say, "It's a small matter, why are you getting so worked up?" Yikes. Next thing you know, it's snowballed into a huge fight. 

Not addressing concerns at the start can potentially burgeon into bigger issues later on in your relationship, as well as fan the flames of your partner's resentment. 

 

#2 Fight fair

This means no name-calling, eye-rolling (no matter how tempting!) or biting remarks, no dragging out past transgressions and definitely no physical violence. Both partners must be mindful that such behaviour can be hard to take back and wears down the relationship over time. Stick to the facts and how it makes you feel when he/she does or say something. 

Here are 7 things not to do when you're in the midst of an argument

 

#3 Mind your tone

Remember the last time you took someone seriously when they were yelling, raging or speaking in a harsh manner? Me neither.

Keeping your tone soothing and soft but firm when approaching a less-than-fun conversation will help your partner be more receptive to listening to what you have to say, and have a potentially more positive impact on the outcome of your discussion. 

 

#4 Use positive prompts

Asking positive questions like "How can we solve this?" indicates the problem isn't insurmountable, as well as shows your interest in resolving the issue, and not simply wanting things to go your way. Plus, it can also give both of you a fresh perspective of the situation. 

See also: 5 MONEY ISSUES COUPLES FIGHT OVER, AND HOW TO SOLVE THEM

 

#5 Cool off

Maintaining control of your emotions is crucial to any constructive argument. As soon as you start to feel the discussion spiraling out of control, ask for a time-out. With heightened emotions, it's hard to think clearly. Physically removing yourself from the situation can help deescalate it and calm yourself down. But be sure to provide an explanation to your partner instead of simply storming off, and also when you want to resume the discussion. 

 

#6 Don't interrupt

When you cut your spouse off, the message you're essentially conveying is that,"What I'm about to say is more important than what you're saying." You're sending a cue that you're more interested in dominating the conversation rather than allowing your mate to express his or her opinion. 

If you find yourself interrupting your partner, cut your sentence short and apologise for being rude. 

See also: MOVING IN TOGETHER? 7 THINGS TO NOTE

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