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Navigating the Heart of Conflict: Understanding Over Agreement

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Beyond the Surface of Disagreement

In the intricate dance of love and connection, conflicts are inevitable. Yet, it is not the disagreement itself, nor the clash of differing opinions, that cuts deepest. The real pain in conflict arises from the behaviours we resort to under threat - behaviours that sever the ties of understanding and mutual safety that are the bedrock of any relationship.

The True Culprit: Self-Preservation at a Cost

When faced with conflict, our instinctual drive for self-preservation often takes the helm, steering us toward behaviours that, while aiming to protect us, inadvertently wound our partners. It’s crucial to recognise that this drive for self-preservation, coupled with a lack of understanding of our partner's needs and perspectives, compounds the issue. What hurts is not so much the disagreement itself but feeling ignored, invalidated, or assaulted - either verbally or physically - during these vulnerable moments. Often, this is because our partners are also in a mode of self-preservation, not out of malice, but from their insecurities and a fundamental misunderstanding of maintaining connection while protecting their emotional well-being.

The Art of Staying Engaged

The essence of conflict resolution, therefore, lies not in reaching agreement but in mastering the art of engagement. It's about cultivating the ability to remain present, to listen actively, and to allow space for your partner's perspective to exist alongside your own without feeling threatened. This doesn't mean abandoning your stance but rather opening yourself up to the possibility that understanding and empathy can coexist with disagreement.

Creating a Space for Mutual Worlds

Most conflicts at their core yearn for acknowledgment and understanding. The challenge and, indeed, the art of navigating through them allows another's emotional reality to be heard and validated, even when it diverges from your own. This requires a profound understanding of your triggers and the unconscious stances you adopt in moments of distress.

Understanding Triggers and Building Connection

To truly engage with your partner in conflict is to recognise and manage your reactions first. It's about understanding the signals that trigger your defensive stances and learning how to communicate in ways that bridge understanding rather than widen gaps. This is where the journey towards resolution begins - not intending to erase differences but to embrace them within a shared space of respect and mutual safety.

An Invitation to a Deeper Journey Together Navigating the Heart of Conflict

As we explore the dynamics of staying engaged in conflict, I invite you to join me in a deeper exploration of how to transform moments of disagreement into opportunities for growth and deeper connection. Sign up for the course Hearing each other AGAIN to guide you through understanding your triggers, recognising your unconscious conflict stances, and cultivating a relationship where both partners feel heard, understood, and valued.

Start today and see how conflict, approached with understanding and empathy, can become a profound source of unity and strength.

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