#118: Prickly Spouse? Prepare for the Porcupine Part 1 (Podcast)


In our 28 years of marriage, Susan and I have had our fair share of conflict. What causes marital conflict, you ask?

Well, a root cause is our selfishness. It’s frustrating because it seems like a constant struggle that will always be there no matter how hard we try. Why? Because we are battling against our human nature. So, don’t be surprised when conflict arises. It’s going to happen. The goal is to accept the fact that conflict will occur, and learn how to manage it.

The best way to prepare for conflict is knowing the trigger points. That’s what Susan and I will be discussing today: The trigger points of conflict and how to disarm them. We’ll take you through ways that we have been able to stop conflict before it even starts. It takes a lot of honesty and realistic expectation setting, but it’s so worth it.

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Discussion Recap

Trigger Points of Conflict:

  1. Selfishness
  2. Unmet expectations
  3. Not being heard or understood
  4. Not feeling valued
  5. Financial difficulty

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