Gay Couples Can Teach Straight People a Thing or Two About Arguing

That’s the title of an article in the New York Times.

It reports that “[s]ame-sex couples, on average, resolve conflict more constructively than different-sex couples, and with less animosity, studies have shown.”

It cites researchers suggesting ideas that our field generally recommends including:

  • Using humor to defuse anger
  • Staying calm
  • Being mindful of the other’s emotional needs
  • Striving for equality in the relationship
  • Recognizing and appreciating differences

The Times also has an interesting piece by a straight woman about the end of her different-sex marriage:  “Can a Good-Enough Marriage Make for a Great Divorce? In continuing to share a home, along with our teenage kids, my ex and I have found true partnership.”

Take a look.

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