Feb 21, 2018
Power struggles can take a lot of forms, but they often occur in an argument. It's not necessarily one person trying to have power over the other, it's usually just trying to be heard and understood. It turns into a tug of war.
In these situations you end up telling your partner they're stupid, or dumb, or crazy. That's not effective. Have you ever said "Tell me a time when I have done that..."? That's an invitation to a power struggle.
Sometimes power struggles are silent. You or your partner may be withholding, waiting on the other to move.
To disengage from a power struggle, imagine you two are pulling on a rope. In your mind let go of the rope. You disengage from the struggle. You may lose the point but you'll end the struggle. That's what needs to happen.
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