Conflict often arises because people aren’t aware of what they want or how to request it. We get confused or disappointed in relationships and respond by either blaming ourselves for wanting “too much” or our partner for not being enough.
By focusing on either repressing the current difficulties, or talking about how they are challenging, we get overwhelmed quickly. We then react to our reactions of problems, the more immediate pain point, and get distracted from drilling into the depths of the “why” of the problem and what’s next.
Idealized Design, similar to Motivational Interviewing and Solution Focused Therapies, and the Love-Sex-Trust approach is built on the premise that those involved are capable of being effective in solving their problems and manifesting what they want. Instead of reacting primarily out of fear to the way a current problem feels, we start with a thorough investigation of what IDEALLY you would want.
Clients often say, “I just want…” “I am only asking for....” “Is this one thing too much to ask for?” Embedded is the language of settling, bargaining and making do with less. This bargaining, while it might seem generous and other oriented, actually sets both people up for future resentment. Often, you have to learn to tolerate discomfort to have what you want. Being honest, even if it's uncomfortable, is the most respectful gift you can offer to your partner.
To know and state what would truly make you happy first means you have to feel entitled. Not in a selfish way. Sometimes people have gotten the wrong message that they are selfish to even think about their own true wants. That sacrificing for others is more ideal. I completely disagree. Martyrs aren’t very trustworthy because the nice is hiding their full truth. I believe it is of the highest respect to be honest to yourself and your romantic partners, even if it’s uncomfortable.
Ideal Design provides a strong foundation for long term relationship success, replacing compromise and bargaining as the instable materials your love might be currently built upon.
Idealized Design: How to Solve Tomorrow’s Crisis…Today (Wharton School Publishing), authors Russell L. Ackoff, Jason Magidson and Herbert J.
Motivational Interviewing Helping People Change 3rd Edition by William R. Miller.
The Art of Solution Focused Therapy
By Elliott Connie, MA, LPC, Linda Metcalf, PhD, LPC-S, LMFT-S