With a divorce rate in this country that approaches
50%, and a fairly sizable percentage of marriages that
aren’t particularly blissful, it’s difficult to avoid searching
for the answer to the battle of the sexes.

Would you like to stop searching?

We’ve moved through the old paradigm of getting
your needs met in relationships and it has proven
itself to be a miserable failure.


Attempting to get your needs met in your relationship
causes some troublesome things to happen. First, it
causes you to focus mainly on your needs and not
on the desires of your partner. Secondly, it sets you up
for disaster because it has you believing that you deserve
something that may well not be delivered.

All across this great country of ours, battles are raging
between men and women: she needs to talk and connect,
and he needs his space and independence.

Who wins here?

The answer, of course, is that both lose because of a flawed
view of what a successful relationship is all about. What
also happens is that both people start to blame the other for
not meeting their needs.

For those who are really serious about success in
their relationships, it’s important to understand how
blaming your partner is an enormous problem itself. It
creates a bigger problem and has you convinced that you’re
not part of the problem.

Nothing could be further from the truth. Blaming has never
worked and never will. It may have you feeling justified in your
position, but it will always hurt your relationship.

It’s particularly important to develop the realization that your
feelings can deceive you in your relationship with your partner.
This can be difficult for people raised during the “honor your
feelings” era of relationships. Your feelings tell you things like,
“I can’t believe she could do something like that to me,” or,
“How could she treat me so badly?” These feelings are the result
of your own low self-esteem and your own personal history of

While it’s true that your partner may treat you in a way you don’t
like sometimes, it’s not true that you need to react to it with
strong negative feelings. These strong negative feelings are a
reflection of your own esteem issues.

These feelings also have a way of keeping your partner engaged
in the struggle with you so that you can continue to blame each
other. When you’re both engaged in the struggle, you’ll believe
that she needs to be fixed. She’ll think the same of you. Nobody
wins and everybody loses.

This isn’t very smart or effective.

What would happen for people in their important relationships if
they gave up defending themselves and believing their needs
needed to be met? What would happen if they worked at being
kind and caring with their partners?

I’ll tell you what would happen. They’d have great relationships!

After all, the only thing that you can do to improve a relationship
is to improve you.

So stop looking over at your partner and seeing all of her flaws.
Stop blaming her. She has issues just like we all do. But if you
see her as a collection of flaws you’ll have no chance at a
successful relationship.

And it’s successful relationships in life that make us truly

Author's Bio: 

Mark Brandenburg MA, CPCC, is a certified personal coach who
helps men to create balance in their lives and to improve their
family relationships. He wrote “Fix Your Wife in 30 Days or
Less” http://www.markbrandenburg.com/saveyourmarriage.htm
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