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Why Do Some Husbands And Wives Resist Learning About A Win-Win Marriage? - Part 1

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This episode explores the topic of the win-win marriage. The conversation first briefly covers six steps to achieving a win-win that Emerson has discussed elsewhere and will unpack with more depth in future courses, but primarily looks at reasons why some resist this approach, and how to overcome common fears and obstacles such as pessimism, the unknown, vulnerability, hurt, manipulation, and stubbornness.

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

Questions to Consider

  1. As a husband or wife, do you find yourself more inclined to prioritize your own needs over those of your spouse, or are you actively seeking win-win solutions that benefit both of you?
  2. Reflecting on past interactions with your spouse, have there been instances where fear or discomfort hindered your ability to communicate openly and vulnerably? How might embracing vulnerability lead to deeper understanding and connection in your marriage?
  3. Consider the concept of compromise within your marriage. Are there non-negotiable values or convictions that you've compromised in the past, leading to feelings of hurt or resentment? How can you uphold these values while still seeking mutually beneficial solutions with your spouse?
  4. In moments of disagreement or conflict, do you tend to default to familiar patterns of behavior, or are you open to embracing change and exploring new approaches, even if they feel uncomfortable at first? How can a willingness to step outside of your comfort zone foster growth and harmony in your relationship with your spouse?

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