Your spouse is going to rant about something sooner or later. Unfortunately the ranting may even be about the same topic, the same people, or the same circumstances you have heard about a thousand times before. In your response, you are likely to fall into a pattern of defending, explaining, shutting down, minimizing or personalizing the ranting. None of these responses are correct and all are likely to incite even more ranting from your spouse.
So what can you do? First recognize that you rant as well and stop pointing the finger at your spouse as if they were the only one to blame. Second, remind yourself that you do love your spouse and that your love in unconditional, not based on performance. Afterall, this is what you expect from your spouse so you should give them the same consideration. Finally, detach from the ranting by reminding yourself that their ranting is their issue and not yours. You do not need to take your spouse’s issues on like a weight to be carried around. This is not helpful, this is hurtful. Your spouse is responsible for their behavior, their actions, and their words; just like you are responsible for your behavior towards your spouse, your actions and your words.
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