10 Rules for Constructive Conflict

Man and Woman with fingers in her mouth looking perplexed We’re all dysfunctional. So get over it!” says a bumper sticker that has become commonplace in some areas of the United States. Two steps to ongoing relationship growth and development are 1) to become aware of our own dysfunctions and 2) to root out and overcome as many of our dysfunctions as we can by gaining the knowledge and skills to build healthy relationships. Getting rid of many of our own dysfunctions so we don’t pass them on to our children is one of the greatest gifts and legacies we can leave them.

Take our "10 Rules Quiz" to find out if your disagreements with your partner are constructive or not: 


Courtesy of University of Florida UF/IFAS Extension.  For more relationship articles, visit www.smartcouples.org