Yet we still argue.
After a lifetime of arguments, do we really believe that this argument or the next one is going to work better?
And yet we still argue.
A number of years ago, I was speaking with a very conflicted couple. They were once again arguing in my office. I once again stopped them as they began to spiral down into yet another argument about yet the same issues they had covered over and over in the past (with no resolution).
I told them we HAD to get the arguing stopped. I noted the arguments they were having were not solving anything, and weren’t even trying to solve anything. They were just trying to score points against each other. They looked at each other, looked at me blankly, and said, “If we don’t argue, what will we do?”
Habit. Their arguing had become habit. It was their default way of communicating. They solved nothing, but they couldn’t figure out another way to communicate.
Been there? Done that? Argued and argued, even with that small voice telling you, “This is not going to go well. This is not going to solve anything.” Or perhaps you had another little belief, “This time, they will see that I am right. This time, my spouse will see that my logic, my reasoning, is correct.”
My guess is the argument ended the same way: both people hurt and neither person changing views. In fact, generally, we dig in even deeper and hold even tighter to our beliefs (even if we might secretly doubt ourselves). And you might even find yourself justifying that you’ve been done wrong (those thoughts may even be worthy of a country music song).
Why do we do it? Why do we argue? This week, in the Save Your Marriage Podcast, I cover some reasons why we argue, why they don’t work, and what to do about it.
The real focus, though, are the 3 things you MUST do after an argument. Let me tell you now: none of the 3 are about an apology. That is too easy. This is about getting below the argument and examining what is going on with YOU, and why YOU got caught up in the argument.
Only from there can anything change.