Married couples decide again and again whether to engage or retreat when conflicts arise. Understanding some basic concepts may help couples use conflict for the benefit of their marriages. First, conflict is no threat to a marriage with set values and common principles. Also, conflict is human and inevitable; it need not linger or breed lasting contempt. Third, conflict can make couples more flexible in their perspectives and respectful of each other. Similarly, conflict helps partners see and hear beyond the initial conflict, opening dialogues into deeper issues. Finally, conflict can set the stage for lasting change; allow newfound respect and acceptance to be the ongoing benefits of any marital dispute.
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