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Could You Be Overreacting to an Issue That Isn’t Moral?

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Emerson and Jonathan discuss how misinterpretations can lead to overreactions in marriage. They explore various examples where spouses misinterpret each other's actions and intentions, causing unnecessary conflict. The importance of trusting the goodwill of one's spouse and not jumping to negative conclusions is stated. They encourage listeners to assess their own hearts and make adjustments to avoid overreacting. The episode concludes with a prayer for those who may be struggling with misinterpretations in their marriages.

Emerson Eggerichs, Ph.D.
Author, Speaker, Pastor
Jonathan Eggerichs, Psy.D.

Questions To Consider

  1. When was a time when your initial feelings in a matter proved to later be unfounded? Did you overreact in a way that led to having to apologize and backtrack later, or were you thankfully slow to pronounce judgment?
  2. Why can we not always rely on our feelings?
  3. Emerson wrote, “A wife feeling unloved by her husband does not mean that her husband is actually being unloving toward her. Similarly, a husband feeling disrespected by his wife does not necessarily mean that his wife is intentionally being disrespectful.” Do you agree or disagree? Explain.
  4. Do you sincerely believe you are married to a goodwilled person who loves you and has no evil intent toward you? How should being confident of this shape your interaction during your next conflict?

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