Not every disagreement in a relationship has to turn into a major blowout. That’s not to say that smaller conflicts can’t turn into larger ones, but there are times when minor disagreements can be confined, and eventually disappear. One strategy for keeping a disagreement over something minor from growing into a huge conflict is to disrobe in front of your mate before the argument has a chance to grow out of proportion. Now, stick with me on this. This “get naked” strategy will not work if the issue is serious. This is only for minor issues that, without injecting some levity, can become larger ones.
My husband has used this strategy on me a handful of times in our 28-year marriage, but he is quite selective about when he uses it. It has worked every single time. Where I would have otherwise taken the conflict ball and run with it, the ball is completely intercepted by the vision of my husband quickly disrobing. The end result is the two of us looking at one another and laughing. Disrobing is a shock to the ego and automatically throws us into realizing the stupidity of our argument.
So the next time you find yourself arguing over something stupid. Get smart. Get naked. To learn more about ways to deal with conflict, in general, click here.