John was by nature a very untidy person. His partner Annette was the opposite; almost to the point of OCD ... they would joke about this in happier times.
The problem was that Annette would arrive home after a busy day and find their home in a terrible mess. In frustration she would say something to John along the lines of
‘Why do you have to make such a mess, can’t you ever clean up properly!’
John would get very defensive. He had very often been bullied by his father, and so Annette's angry words would bring him right back to feeling like that small frightened little boy.
In defense he would come out with:
'Why do you have to attack me?! Why do you always have to make me feel so bad!’
And so the conversation would go around and around; usually ending up in a row that neither of them had wanted.
Do people truly 'make you feel' or do they trigger old feelings?
Yet when John changed his words to:
‘When you say that it triggers my difficult emotions from past experiences. Is there a way we can discuss it that feels less fearful for me?’
This one phrase broke the cycle of their destructive communication. John use of these more effective words meant he was no longer accusing Annette of 'making him feel' .
Annette was able to see the bigger picture and have some compassion for John. They were able to move forward to healthier communication, a happier relationship - and a tidier house!
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