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Unused Skills

Many people, although having completed a course in couples communication and conflict resolution, still communicate poorly at times, say things they know they should not, blame their partner, and prolong arguments that might otherwise be easily solved. The reason this happens is not so much because they do not possess the skills necessary to resolve the conflict, it is because they are resistant to using those skills. They are going against their own sense of what would be best to do to resolve the problem and of how to treat their partner. That's because many of us tend to do things the way we have seen them done or the way others have done them to us. It's a distortion of the Golden Rule - "Do unto others as they have done unto you." The problem is that this does little to solve problems or promote a healthy relationship.

Copyright 2008, by the Contributing Authors. Cite/attribute Resource . admin. (2005, November 28). Your Partner. Retrieved January 08, 2011, from Free Online Course Materials — USU OpenCourseWare Web site: This work is licensed under a Creative Commons License Creative Commons License