The primary obstacle to maintaining long-term intimate relationships (aside from infidelity) is managing conflict. If you think about it, every relationship that ends does so with some sort of conflict or argument. So it is imperative that we learn exactly how to navigate conflict in ways that do not permanently rupture the bonds of relating altogether.
Many relationship therapists and therapies have been developed in an attempt to teach us these vital skills. Here is an example from Boulder men’s life coach Jayson Gaddis which I will be discussing for the rest of this article, so please do watch it: