Episode 273: Stop the Fight—How to Break the Negative Cycle

Use our method T.E.M.P.O. to systematically change your relationship!
Are you always having what feels like the same fight? Does the negative cycle leave you feeling frustrated and angry? Or misunderstood and like you’re failing? Can you see what your partner does clearly but not see how what you do is contributing to the problem?
 
George and Laurie use the acronym T.E.M.P.O. to help organize your thinking so you can be less reactive. Getting to know your feelings, what your body is communicating and how you are making sense of it all can give you emotional intelligence. Find the “space” that can change the pattern so you can help each other in these difficult moments and stay connected.

What does T.E.M.P.O. stand for?

T—Trigger
E—Emotions
M—Meaning
P—Protective Strategy
O—Organized emotional experience or cycle between couple