Continuing on with my series on Gottman’s Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse . . .
Defensiveness is when we feel the need to armor up and shield ourself from someone who is attacking us. It’s a common response but one that can backfire when in conflict with our partner.
Why is that?
In a word, blame. Instead of finding the grain of truth on what our partner is complaining about (or even criticizing about), we jump to blame.
It is at this point couples start the attack/defend dance, which usually doesn’t end well.
As with all of the Four Horsemen, there are antidotes that can get your conflict discussions on the right track.
Watch this short video to learn more about how to manage defensiveness.