Pride is helpful when setting boundaries, but those boundaries can become stone walls that keep us from being happily in love. In a relationship, pride may make it difficult to enjoy our love because we are afraid of being injured and use pride as a barrier, which puts the relationship at a fragile standstill.
Consider practising these methods to overcome your pride and keep your relationship intact.
1. Improve Your Listening Skills
Refusing to listen is one significant way to demonstrate pride in a relationship. You may believe you know everything and dismiss your partner's thoughts and recommendations. That will wreak havoc on effective communication in a partnership, weakening the link of love.
As a result, learn to pay attention to your beloved or spouse. Give them credit and frequently remind yourself that they too have ideas to help you overcome some of your problems and improve your personality.
2. Recognise and Accept Your Mistakes
Accept that you are a flawed human being who makes errors. So, when your partner points them out to you, take a deep breath and resist the need to respond right away. Take a step back and think about what your spouse said to you. Ponder it overnight.
Then, consider all of the awesome things your spouse has done for you in the past so that you may be grateful to them. It will make saying "I'm sorry" more straightforward.
3. Take the Bigger Picture in Consideration
Looking at the larger view is one technique to overcome pride. Is it worth it to cut communications with your spouse after they have shattered your pride by disproving your opinion that the Earth is flat? Is it better to feel strong and insult your partners back to preserve your pride?
If you believe it is worth it, you may be able to keep your pride intact, but you will most certainly damage your relationship or possibly jeopardise its survival as a result. There are times when protecting your pride isn't worth it since you'll end up losing more in the long run. Learn to look at the forest before the trees.
4. Don't Take Yourself Too Seriously
We might become overly guarded of our pride if we take things too seriously. We interpret every piece of feedback as a possible insult to our behaviour or character, or we focus our attention so intently on a single issue that even the tiniest criticism of it sets us off.
There's nothing wrong with being serious and watchful, especially when it comes to things you care about, but there has to be a balance. It would help if you learned to laugh at least once in a while. This will not only allow you to be less self-conscious about your pride, but it will also allow you to have more fun and wild moments with your spouse.
5. Learn to Compromise
Some couples express their pride by refusing to negotiate, mainly when misunderstandings and conflicts occur. They despise making concessions to maintain peace and harmony in the relationship.
Be willing to put in the effort to fix relationship issues. You must be willing to hurt your ego to reconcile with your beloved or spouse. So, accept to compromise and accommodate your loved one. When there are disagreements, choose to give up some of your rights to achieve common ground with your spouse and make peace. Consider that it is for the sake of the relationship and that you are willing to give up certain privileges for your spouse to be happy.
We all have a sense of pride. It is quite natural to experience an abundance of it from time to time; nevertheless, we should not let it control our thoughts and actions significantly when it might jeopardise our relationships with those we care about. When the circumstance calls for it, we must be ready to avoid it or, at the absolute least, loosen its hold on us.
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