How Can Couples Prevent Anger from Damaging their Relationship?

Couples can prevent anger from becoming damaging by:

  • Setting Ground Rules: Agree on boundaries and rules for arguments, such as avoiding name-calling, yelling, or bringing up past grievances.
  • Maintaining Respect: Even in the heat of an argument, preserving a baseline of respect can prevent damage to the relationship. This includes avoiding demeaning language or actions.
  • Focusing on Resolution: Keeping discussions focused on finding solutions rather than winning the argument can help prevent anger from escalating.
  • Regular Check-ins: Having routine discussions about the relationship’s health and any brewing issues can prevent misunderstandings and resentments from building up.