A relationship scholar asserts that the ways that couples argue tip off as to whether their marriage will last.
Engaging in four unhealthy modes of argument just may doom the marriage.
Argument styles that promote breakups include:
- Personal criticisms
- Contempt or disrespect
- Dismissive defensiveness
- Stonewalling and silence
Argument contents that promote breakups include:
- overbroad accusations such as “you never” …
- overbroad accusations such as “you always” …
- personal insults or condescension
So, can cleaning up argument patterns avert a divorce?