Articles : Why Do We Fight? Blame It On Our Brains
June 20, 2011
Can the HBDI® provide insights into your marriage? After a fight involving finances, this Wall Street Journal reporter and her husband discovered that their opposite dominant brain quadrants had a hand in the argument.
When her husband returned from a business conference at Wharton and shared the results of his HBDI® assessment, Katherine Rosman realized that our unique thinking styles – and particularly the way they manifest themselves when we’re under stress – cause us to react in very different ways to a given situation.
The profile data revealed what the couple instinctively knew about each other, but by bringing it to the surface, it gave them a new tool they could use to help tame arguments in the future.
“In the course of daily life, we often consider our individual differences a source of team strength,” Rosman points out in her Checks and Balances column on family finances. “But when the tension mounts, the differences turn on us and we turn on each other. Maybe recognizing that will help us to be a little more patient.”
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