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Digital Subscriptions > Psychologies > No. 124 Too Much To Do? > DEALING WITH ARGUMENTS


Conflict is part and parcel of our relationships, so how should we approach it? Sarah Abell, writer, speaker and coach, shares her advice on arguing well


Conflict in a relationship can be tiring, frustrating, and monotonous. When a couple is stuck in the same arguments, even small disagreements can make you feel trapped in a circle of conflict. But the good news is that if one person within the relationship is motivated to improve things, the relationship can and will change.

We all have our way of dealing with conflict. Perhaps you have to win an argument at all costs, or maybe you long to keep the peace? The key factor when it comes to the success of a relationship is not whether you tend to sulk or shout as an individual during conflict, but how you interact as a couple. Over 40 years of research, psychologist John Gottman has identified five conflict types for couples and found some have better outcomes than others. See if you can recognise your conflict type below.

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