How do we handle conflict? If our parents handled conflict badly by fighting, ignoring the conflict, giving up, or shutting down, we may have had no role model for dealing with conflict in a healthy way. There is conflict in all relationships and how a couple handles it can indicate the health or dysfunction of the relationship. Conflict triggers many types of fear. Fear leads to the “fight, flight, or freeze” stress response. When this stress response happens, the blood leaves our brain, organs, and immune system and travels to our arms and legs for fight or flight. When the blood leaves our brains, rational thinking does too and resolving conflicts is difficult.

 

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