Fighting in a relationship can be hurtful, stressful and an indicator that the end is near- but it doesn't have to be.
Research shows that it's not that we fight but how we fight- our tone of voice, attitude, word choice and whether or not we listen- that's most important, an article by the Wall Street Journal says.
Professor of psychology at the University of Denver and co-director of the Center for Marital and Family Studies, Howard Markman, developed the "speaker-listener" technique to help couples argue successfully.
Dr. Markman tells the Wall Street Journal that each person needs to know that they are being listened to and getting their point across.
Solving a fight using his method, he says, makes couples happier. And a happy couple is less likely to get a divorce.
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You can read more about how to fight right here.