Here is a very helpful tool to learn for a couple when disagreements come. I call it “Minding The Store”, as in, “Is anybody minding the store?”
“Minding the Store” is what is happening when one or the other person remembers to watch the process of what is going on between the two of you, and bring it to the other’s attention. That could sound like “” OH, we’re doing it again -we both need nurturing at the same time so neither of us is in a place to give it, and we are both getting piss-y.” Then, “Do you see it?”
If the couple has agreed to stop the conversation and step back together to look at their interaction at this point, without blaming, the results can be so helpful. The task at hand is to own up to your needing nurturing, and maybe not asking for same very clearly, or whatever else you see about your contribution. And the other person also does this. Often this can bring on wry, cocked eyebrows or a light laughter, which is always helpful.
Suppose some one of you says “Maybe we should take turns?” and the other replies “I feel like a kindergartner, this is too silly.” “But I still want you to listen to me” “OK, lets take turns listening to each other.” And so you do.
Problems magnify when no one is minding the store, and that is perfectly understandable. This is your major support person, your life partner, and emotions run high. Learning the techniques of watching your interaction, seeing it for what it is, and bringing it to the other’s attention is a very useful tool for couples.