How to Overcome Disrespectful Judgements
I believe disrespectful judgments are a core reason spouses become argumentative and emotionally distant. A disrespectful judgment occurs whenever one spouse tries to impose a point of view, or a system of values and beliefs on the other. When most people feel judged, they will either react defensively or turn away. When a husband tries to force his point of view on his wife, he's just asking for trouble. When a wife assumes that her own point of view is right and her husband is woefully misguided--and tells him so--she enters a minefield.
How can you know if you're a perpetrator of disrespectful judgments? The simplest way to find out is to ask your spouse. But you may be a little confused as to what exactly you should ask. To help you ask the right questions, check John Gottman's Disrespectful Judgments Questionnaire:
1. Do I ever try to "straighten you out?"
2. Do I ever lecture you instead of respectfully discussing issues"
3. Do I ever view my opinion as superior to yours?
4. Whenever we discuss an issue do I ever prevent you from having a chance to explain your position?
5. Are you ever afraid to discuss your point of view with me?
6. Do I ever ridicule your point of view?
All of these questions reflect an effort to force your way of thinking on your spouse. You do not agree, so you try to "make" your spouse agree with you.
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