Here comes the continuation of my post: Handling differences and dissagreements. It is about why and how an argument hurts. I found it quite interesting to read it, because I thought already a long time ago before I read this: it is often not the content (what is said) why we get hurt, but because of the HOW it is said.
John Gray says that it is not „what we say that hurts but how we say it.“ When a man „feels challenged, his attention becomes focused on being right and he forgets to be loving as well. Automatically his ability to communicate in a caring, respectful, and reassuring tone decreases. He is aware neither of how uncaring he sounds nor of how hurtful this is to his partner.“
Further he says that „naturally a woman feels resistant to this unloving approach, even when she would be otherwise receptive to the content of what he was saying. A man unknowingly hurts his partner by speaking in an uncaring manner and then goes on to explain why she should not be upset. He mistakenly assumes she is restisting the content of his point of view, when really his unloving delivery is what upsets her. Because he does not understand her reaction, he focuses more on explaining the merit of what he is saying instead of correcting the way he is saying it.
He has no idea that he is starting an argument; he thinks she is arguing with him. He defends his point of view while she defends herself from his sharpened expression, which are hurtful to her.“
??? Do you want to share any of your thoughts??? When you argue with someone, why or when do you get hurt???
Kindle e-book: Men are from Mars, women are from Venus, John Gray, Loc 2644-2673)
7 Replies to “Why arguments hurt”
Great post and great advice!
Oh – thanks a lot Director B for your encouraging comment!
Great post Tabea I really liked that one. Nando
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Thanks a lot Nando! That encourages me!
Interesting points and well thought out. In my personal experience I agree with all the above points. May I also add that men tend to think more rationally and objectively whereas women think on more of an emotional level. The post was very useful; thank you kindly.
Thanks photographymemoirs for your encouraging comment& for your thoughts.
You are most welcome. Your blog has some excellent and practical advice which is of great help. Keep up the great work.