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Helping a Spouse who Withdraws During Conflict


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This article presses into one of the fine-grained details of marriage counseling. Constructive and productive communication is not an easy task and interpersonal conflict takes many forms. When a spouse withdraws or shuts down, it creates a specific challenge. Aaron Sironi and Lauren Whitman describe how withdrawing damages the marital bond. They outline a process of growth for withdrawers and illustrate that process through a case study.