13 Expert Tips On How To Argue Without Ruining Your Relationship
Increase your relationship IQ.
Sit on a comfy couch before having a big conversation — it seriously works.
Hold hands before a big talk.
Start conversations with “I” instead of “you.”
When you really just want to talk out your ideas on a topic, let them know that.
In an argument, put your hand on your heart.
Address them with a nickname if that feels natural.
Set boundaries that you know will not be crossed even in the heat of an argument.
Consider swapping the word "my" with "our."
Take a time-out, but with a set amount of time.
Wait a beat before responding to them.
And if your significant other is an introvert, wait a little bit longer.
DO. NOT. INTERRUPT.
Consider checking in with a therapist (alone or together) if you notice some of the same issues coming up in your relationship.