How to Resolve Conflicts (Part 2)

Conflicts of Faith

I've already mentioned my Conflicts of Faith Q&A columns in the Love Busters section of this summary. But this conflict is important enough to mention twice. So I direct you again to the columns I've posted on the subject of conflicts about beliefs. If your spouse believes something different than you, can you, or should you, try to change those beliefs? The columns on that subject are, "You Believe What?" How to Resolve Conflicts of Faith (Part 1) and "You Believe What?" How to Resolve Conflicts of Faith (Part 2).


Retirement turns out to be more of a problem for some couples than they had anticipated. Instead of enjoying their opportunity to be together more often, some find it almost unbearable. Married Life After Retirement helps set retired couples on a course that leads to a great retirement with increased love for each other.

Drug and Alcohol Addiction

If every couple followed the Policy of Joint Agreement, there would be very few alcoholic spouses. Without that rule, alcohol and drugs can sure wreck a marriage. What to Do with an Alcoholic Spouse is a column that addresses this common conflict that has plagued marriages for thousands of years.

Special Occasions

How to Keep Christmas from Ruining Your Marriage is a topic that can be applied to all special occasions. The celebration of Christmas can be very hard on a marriage because couples can forget that their feelings are more important than the celebration. Again, the Policy of Joint Agreement teaches couples how to celebrate in a way that builds their relationship, rather than destroys it.

Other Marital Problems

Can One Spouse Save a Marriage

Negotiation assumes that two people are willing to resolve a conflict. But in many marriages, one spouse is not willing to negotiate, particularly when the marriage is in serious trouble. A commonly asked question is, how can one spouse negotiate when the other spouse is not interested? I have posted two Q&A columns on the subject: Can a Marriage Be Saved by One Spouse (Part_1), and Can a Marriage Be Saved by One Spouse (Part 2).

Emotional and Physical Disabilities

Emotional and physical disabilities can put a tremendous burden on a marriage. In some cases, there's nothing that can be done to relieve the burden. In many other cases, the burden can be eliminated entirely. What to Do with an Emotionally or Physically Disabled Spouse is a Q&A column that addresses this issue.


Depression is the most common emotional disability. We have all been depressed once in a while. But there are some who have such a serious problem with depression that it makes a happy marriage almost unreachable. Yet, with the right treatment depression can be cured. What to Do with a Depressed Spouse explains how to save a marriage by curing the depression.

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