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Willingness to Bend can Help Calm Down Fraying Tempers in Fights Among Couples

by Kathy Jones on  February 10, 2014 at 7:41 PM Lifestyle News   - G J E 4
Willingness to bend and cede some power, and not admittance of guilt, could help calm majority of blow-ups between couples, a new study reveals.
 Willingness to Bend can Help Calm Down Fraying Tempers in Fights Among Couples
Willingness to Bend can Help Calm Down Fraying Tempers in Fights Among Couples
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Baylor psychologist Keith Sanford, Ph.D, said that giving up power comes in many forms, among them giving a partner more independence, admitting faults, showing respect and being willing to compromise.

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In another study, Sanford found that when people express anger, they often also feel sad. But while a partner will easily and immediately recognize expressions of anger, the spouse often will fail to notice the sadness.

He said that when it comes to perceiving emotion in a partner, anger trumps sadness.

Previous research has found that genuine expressions of sadness during a conflict can sometimes draw partners closer together, and it potentially can enable couples to break out of a climate of anger.

His research has been published in the Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology.

Source: ANI
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