Being able to compromise involves giving up something that you want or need. In a relationship, couples will often refuse to compromise because they insist that their way is the right way. If a couple is no longer able to compromise, they usually go their separate ways.
If you want to sustain a relationship, it is essential that you learn how to compromise with your significant other. Here are some tips to assist you.
1. Work out the source of conflict
Have a discussion with your partner to work out what is creating the conflict between the two of you. Your discussion should focus on a solution to the problem that you can both agree with.
2. Get an objective input from a third party
If you are struggling to come to a compromise, get an objective input from outside help. This could come in the form of relationship or marriage counseling that will be able to assist you in coming to a viable agreement.
Listening is very important when you are trying to come to an agreement. You can’t compromise if you don’t truly understand where your partner is coming from. Ignoring or shouting at your spouse only makes the situation worse. Pay attention to what each other has to say, and try and stay open minded about it.
4. Recognize your partners value
In a relationship, no partner is more valuable than the other. You both need to recognize each other’s value. Tell your partner that you respect how they feel about the issue even if you don’t agree with their standpoint.
5. Admit when you are wrong
There is nothing wrong with admitting that you were wrong about something. The love that you have for your partner should make you want to give in and apologize; this will make your partner want to do the same for you in the future.
6. Agree to disagree
Sometimes you simply have to agree to disagree, there are times when you will not be able to reach a compromise, therefore each person will have to deal with their individual feelings about the situation and work out how you can each handle the issue independently.
7. Brainstorm solutions
Spend time brainstorming solutions to your problem together. The focus of this exercise should be to come to a compromise that both parties can agree with, instead of each person trying to win the battle.
TIPS AND WARNINGS
If you know that you and your partner both have strong opinions on certain topics, you should avoid speaking about them.
Understand that there is no such thing as perfection. Having arguments and conflicts is a normal part of any relationship. Instead of giving up, use this time as a way to learn something new about each other’s point of view instead of seeing it as a problem in your relationship.
Don’t go to sleep on anger. You should never allow an argument to go unresolved. What this leads to is resentment that will resurface at a later date about something insignificant.
When you are trying to come to a compromise, avoid getting defensive. Once either of you starts to show anger or a willingness to challenge the situation it leads to a never ending argument that neither party is willing to lose.