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Learn to Explore The Meaning Your Partner Has On Whatever is Bothering Them

As you learn to communicate better you will have more physical intimacy and less drama. In just a moment, I’ll show you how to get you more intimacy starting today…

It is the nature of relationship interactions (As in two couples trying to communicate) to drum up beliefs and values that may or may not line up with each other.

This juxtaposition shows up in your daily conversations and interactions. It’s part of being human.

And it can be the start of friction between you two…

Problems in relationships begin when we resist these moments. When we respond without resistance we not only get to the truth more often we get better results. This helps to keep love intact.

And you don’t need to change your partner to get positive results.

Right about now you may be saying, “Your kidding, right?”

Not so fast…

The most common objection I get from couples is, “S/he won’t do the work on themselves.”

And it’s because of this belief that causes couples to flounder and often fails…

When you begin thinking this you are going down the wrong path.

I want to show you it’s actually not necessary to complain about your partner’s inadequacies for not being a good communicator.

Do this instead…

Physical Intimacy Step 1: Focus on what is in your control!

When you master your inner world the external world is a breeze!

Take something as specific as misinterpreting what the other person may mean when they share something.

Your ability to notice and effectively evaluate the “differences” can determine the fate of a conversation.

Physical Intimacy Step 2: Reflect On Your Interpretations…

Instead of thinking the other person is the problem, focus instead on what is in your control. Take the time to reflect on how you interpreted what they said or did. And why you reacted the way you did.

If you do this enough, you’ll soon see how the past is influencing your decision or knee-jerk reactions.

Once you are aware of this, you can ask questions to clear up differences. And your partner doesn’t have to be a master communicator.

Physical Intimacy Step 3: Set Up a Container For Safety…

When you “host” your own safety you’ll naturally have more physical intimacy…

To get ahead of the curve on this issue, you can acknowledge that both of you have unique backgrounds. Learn to accept this about each other and look for the good in knowing you are going to have different beliefs on certain topics. You may find it adds a lot of excitement to the relationship.

It’s good to discuss points of contention. It stops differences from stacking up and negatively influencing your relationship.

Eventually, you’ll learn what you are willing to accept or not based on those beliefs you’ve explored. This is an important process in deciding if you want a long-term partnership with this person.

Getting clear about your beliefs and values creates stability in a relationship.

You manifest drama when you are unclear. Repetitive fights can end the minute you get clear.

Only through experience can you both begin to understand each other.

In a moment, I’ll show you a powerful communication technique I use with my clients that will eliminate arguments and fights. (You can find more training on this topic here as well.)

Physical Intimacy Step 4: Understand The Meaning Assigned to Something…

The way you navigate differences has a lot to do with how secure you feel about yourself.

People that don’t feel safe in life will tend to be more reactive. Try new strategies to overcome insecurity when it’s activated…

What I’m talking about are two types of strategies:

  1. Ones you use based on fear and
  2. Ones you use based on inquiry or curiosity.

My “go to” strategy is to ask questions to understand the meaning someone has on something they are sharing.

When you do that, you instantly move into curiosity rather than a fear-based reactive response.

I’m not asking you to agree with them. I’m asking you to move into curiosity rather than reaction. Just like when you were a child and had less judgment about life.

“Just imagine becoming the way you used to be as a very young child, before you understood the meaning of any word, before opinions took over your mind. The real you is loving, joyful, and free. The real you is just like a flower, just like the wind, just like the ocean, just like the sun.” – Don Miguel Ruiz

And There Are Side Benefits…

When you use this strategy with genuine curiosity, the other person will also feel more cared for. This is because you’re taking the time to investigate and go deeper into the conversation. It sends the message, “what you have to say matters to me!”

As you practice moving into curiosity, it will also slow down your reactions when you hear something that doesn’t match your way of thinking. It is very common for a couple to get upset when they hear something that doesn’t match their paradigm. Use this tool to minimize potential conflict.

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It really doesn’t take much to maintain healthy physical intimacy…

Achieving More Physical Intimacy Example…

The impulse for more physical intimacy is there…

Imagine for a moment you are discussing something that has upset one of you.

Let’s say your partner is angry, because they think you were flirting the other night at a party. If they approach and accuse you of flirting, your job is to first check in and see if you were actually flirting (engage curiosity and ownership).

You’ll need to know what to do if it’s true because you don’t want to erode trust…

But what if you were not flirting?

What I recommend is to ask them what flirting means to them.

Explore that for a bit and keep checking in with yourself if you agree with them or not … (You can find out more in-depth details about this in the training I put together here).

If you are being genuinely curious, it may bring you insight into patterns you’ve habituated without realizing it. You may not even realize you were doing it and how it came across.

During this conversation, both of you are discussing back-and-forth the meaning your partner has on flirting. Do not defend your definition. Instead, just listen and reflect on why they think the way they do. Even if they have misinterpreted your intentions.

I once had a girlfriend who said guys kept asking her out when she had a boyfriend and she didn’t understand why. I immediately checked in with my recent experience with her at a dance event before we started dating. She was actually in a relationship at that time.

What I shared with her was I could not tell by her body language and openness that she was in a relationship. And her boyfriend at the time never showed up so that added to the mystery.

She also dressed very provocatively. Lots of skin and cleavage showing. And she is stunningly beautiful.

Now, don’t get me wrong, I’m all for being yourself and allowing your sexuality to come forth. And unfortunately, there will be consequences for these messages. It goes without saying there is a pretty good chance at a dance social that a lot of single guys will pursue her based on that message. They have nothing to lose…

And it gets better…

She also said she set boundaries with a couple of the guys but they kept asking her out multiple times. When I asked her what she thought was going on, she said she didn’t want to hurt their feelings. It got me thinking about what are healthy boundaries to have more physical intimacy…

My coaching background tells me that is a fear-based strategy that rarely works. She is taking responsibility for their emotions. She does herself and the pursuers a disservice when she behaves this way. Be lovingly clear about the message they need to get.

When we are clear about what we want and declare it with every cell in our bodies we stop sending mixed signals. In this case, I suspect she was leaving it up to them to figure out she was not available rather than claiming it fully. Her wishy-washy behavior caused them to think there was still a possibility so they kept pursuing.

When we are unconsciously fearful there is a pretty good chance we will not get what we are wanting. Help your partner feel safe, and it will be easier to sort out their emotions and meaning. You do this by remaining curious.

One major side benefit to using this approach is you make better decisions based on more accurate information. In contrast to a fantasy you may have created based on bits and pieces of reality and assumptions. Make it safe for both people by telling all the truth. Then reap the rewards even at the risk of upsetting people initially.

Use This Sequence To Communicate Better

When you make the statement, “Tell me what that means to you…” be genuinely interested. This creates space to cultivate safety and minimizes their natural defenses.

We shall listen, not lecture; learn, not threaten. We will enhance our safety by earning the respect of others and showing respect for them. In short, our foreign policy will rest on the traditional American values of restraint and empathy, not on military might. – Theodore C. Sorenson

One trap to watch out for is if you are looking for the flaws in their argument. Don’t do it. That’s a defensive move. It will surely provoke their defensive maneuvers.

In the bigger scheme of things, what you are after is to discover the underlying impulse that is causing you to react in the first place. Most of the time we need to evaluate the unconscious motivation.

In the more in-depth training I have linked above, I help you to see why knowing what is going on in the bigger scheme of things will give you added advantage. It speeds up changing old habits that may be eating away at your relationship.

Train yourself to live in the truth rather than serving fear. One of my teachers, Dr. Gay Hendricks, used to say, “Be more committed to the truth and the relationship will naturally follow.”

Truth and Safety Are Reliable Tools…

Truth and safety are the gateways to discovering what can help your relationship to thrive and allow you to improve results.

Without this knowledge, you will be dealing with a symptom, not the root cause.

Arguing is a symptom. The root cause might be a memory of parents fighting early in life. Breaking up or getting divorced can cause a lot of fear.

Blaming others for your problems is a symptom. It may be the root cause is helplessness. For some people, when your father didn’t spend enough time with you or encourage you as a youngster.

As you practice being 100% honest, you’ll begin to see how your past is wreaking havoc on your current situation.

“We are never upset for the thing we think we are upset about.” – Dr Gay Hendricks

Have a Bigger Commitment To Reveal The Truth

Going back to our flirting example above…

There is probably a good reason the person draws your attention.

Sometimes it’s a reflection of the very thing we are missing in our current relationship.

It’s ok to acknowledge this with the intention to discover why…

As long as you truly want to deal with the “real” reason, your partner would be smart to encourage a deep reflective conversation. It’s important to look at all aspects of your relationship and clean up any loose ends.

Sometimes we unconsciously collude with each other without realizing it. We want to gain insight to those collisions.

The next step then, is to ask yourself, “What is missing in my own relationship that I need to ask for or that I’m avoiding?”

Moving into a place of curiosity starts training your unconscious to give you a deeper answer. It’s worth practicing.

Sometimes we suppress our needs. Many people are programmed and assume it’s not safe to ask for it. We all need validation for our needs. If not we can get out of touch with them. In different words, it’s become a habit to ignore your own needs and wants.

Make a deep commitment to revealing these hidden patterns even at the expense of triggering the person. Over time, you will sort it out and realize what is influencing you. The key is to make it very safe to make mistakes.

“Living with integrity means: Not settling for less than what you know you deserve in your relationships. Asking for what you want and need from others. Speaking your truth, even though it might create conflict or tension. Behaving in ways that are in harmony with your personal values. Making choices based on what you believe, and not what others believe.” ― Barbara De Angelis

Physical Intimacyis Directly Linked To Whether Or Not We Get What We Want In Life…

I hope you are seeing that your goal is to never suppress any desire or need. Always express them. Practice accepting that sometimes we get our need met and sometimes we don’t. It’s a healthy practice. Sometimes in life, we get what we want and times we don’t.

It’s a fact of life.

The sooner you face that reality the easier it is to navigate.

A side benefit is you will also get more in touch with your personal needs. Then you can simply ask instead of creating an environment where some drama begins unfolding.

When you are clear about your needs and ask for them you are staying in integrity in your relationship. Most importantly with yourself.

Many times when we are younger we don’t get our needs met. Maybe even punished to ask for what we want. We need to change that way of thinking. Having a need or desire is good.

Have More Intimacy With This Essential Practice…

Recap…

To amp up getting more physical intimacydo the following:

  1. Take time today to listen to your partner. Ask about the meaning they have on something that upsets them.
  2. Repeat back what you think the underlying need is for them.
  3. Debrief them afterward and ask them how that was for them.
  4. Keep asking for what you want until it becomes natural again.

Now take a moment and post your comments below. Let me know what was useful in this article and post any questions you may have.

…and make it a good day!

Ed Ferrigan

P.S. If you are currently having BIG challenges in your current relationship you may need professional support. I’m here for you. Practice what is in this handout and mini course to jumpstart your efforts to improve your situation. Learn this and many of your challenges can disappear…

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EdFerrigan

Relationship expert, Ed Ferrigan, M.A., CPCC, has been helping singles, couples, managers, and teams break through limiting beliefs and communicate more effectively for over 23 years. Ed is author of the book 100+ Ways To Get Back On The Horse, facilitates workshops on communication skills and provides relationship coaching all over the world using web technology. Ed is a local resident of Salt Lake City, UT is an avid dancer, and enjoys fly-fishing.

  • Katie says:

    Thanks, Ed. Moving out of defensiveness and into listening mode has been challenging for me. As I continue to work on this, I find I’m able to catch myself earlier and choose to ask questions about what the other person is experiencing. I can feel it breaking down walls in my relationships and opening me up for loving connection. When I approach my relationships in this way, there’s a dramatic change in the way the other person responds to me. Also, it’s been life-changing to hear that it’s okay for me to have wants and needs. Thank you for all your support.

    • EdFerrigan says:

      Katie, you are awesome. Thanks for commenting. When we are less defensive it also sends a message to us that we are safe in the world. Anytime we can move from a place of fear to love we are cultivating our true authentic self. Keep up the great work.

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