How JustAnswer Works:

  • Ask an Expert
    Experts are full of valuable knowledge and are ready to help with any question. Credentials confirmed by a Fortune 500 verification firm.
  • Get a Professional Answer
    Via email, text message, or notification as you wait on our site.
    Ask follow up questions if you need to.
  • 100% Satisfaction Guarantee
    Rate the answer you receive.

Ask Rafael M.T.Therapist Your Own Question

Rafael M.T.Therapist
Rafael M.T.Therapist, Psychotherapist
Category: Mental Health
Satisfied Customers: 3189
Experience:  MHT-MHRS-MS-MA Integral Psychotherapist & Life Coach
65591635
Type Your Mental Health Question Here...
Rafael M.T.Therapist is online now
A new question is answered every 9 seconds

My wife and I have arguments sometime over very small issues

Resolved Question:

My wife and I have arguments sometime over very small issues she is very emotional . Is this normal in a relationship. She also says i am a bully maybe I am I don't know. She has a list of things that I have said over the last 36 years and wants to know why i said these things to her she says they are very hurtful and have left here emotionally scared. Most or all of them I can,t remember and when I tell her I don,t know why I said them because I cant remember back that long ago she cant except that answer and says that's not good enough How do I end these arguments. I know I have to watch what I say all the time but what else can I do?
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Mental Health
Expert:  Rafael M.T.Therapist replied 1 year ago.

Rafael M.T.Therapist :

Hello, I am Rafael. Thanks for asking your question - I'm here to support you. (Information posted here is not private or confidential but public).

Rafael M.T.Therapist :

I am sorry to know about this frustrating situation, which is obviously not comfortable but very frustrating for both of you.

Rafael M.T.Therapist :

You have been married for several years, and the issues she has listed come from the past 36 years, which is very concerning since it would show these are chronic concerns affecting your marriage, and apparently they have never truly been addressed. In your message you say she has this list with all these words from past events that you cannot remember at all because of how long ago they happened, but if they have been going on to the present, i assume you do remember the most recent ones, don't you' and based on that you should be able to better assess how abusive you may have been verbally and emotionally without being much aware of it for this long.

Rafael M.T.Therapist :

You said that maybe you have said these things, but that you really do not know and that's what leads you to feel this frustrated, since your wife feels frustrated that new incidents would happen and it would be all over again without any real solution.

Rafael M.T.Therapist :

My suggestion here would be for each of you to consider a more proactive approach, where you take full responsibility for your past and present actions (words and feelings included), and from there consistently work on being more mindful about what you say, do and the way you react to each other, and specially not delaying, avoiding or denying any issue that may arise, Instead, you would immediately address it, learn from it, in order for problems and uncomfo.rtable situations not to become bigger issues, fueled by past chronic issues, which could only undermine your communication, mutual trust and respect

Rafael M.T.Therapist :

then it is not only about watching what you say, but being truly mindful, what would allow you to stop yourself before you may hurt your wife verbally or emotionally, redirecting your feelings and actions towards healthy, acceptable, empathic and more constructive ways of venting, sharing and coping with painful or stressful situations.

Rafael M.T.Therapist :

Does it make sense?

Rafael M.T.Therapist :

This list would never continue growing if each of you choose to start addressing things as soon as they arise, when they are still fresh to your memory, sensitivity and reality, that way you could learn from them, make immediate changes, and avoid perpetuating the same pattern for even longer.

Customer:

The last argument is over the fact that my wife and her friend were going to look at a house and she said she would be 30 min she left at 530 and came home at 745 I pointed at my watch and said do you know what time it is. We have been fighting for three days and this has made her very emotional. I new as soon as I pointed at my watch I was in trouble I should not have said it but it was to late my mistake.

Rafael M.T.Therapist :

Did you happen to ask her before pointing at your watch, how was it, if everything went fine, giving her the chance to explain and share?

Customer:

No I didnt but I do see your point . I understand what you are saying and will watch what I say from now on and I will work at it but sometime it isnt even a word that sets this off sometime it can be just a look on my part and she breaks down. Thank you for your advice I will work at it

Rafael M.T.Therapist :

A core issue here is how a simple thing could take this much from your harmony and mental-emotional health this fast. I believe it could be this way because of having been avoiding working on past issues for too long, and now you just react and try to make some damage control but it doesn't work, since each of you are already too susceptible or afraid-defensive.

Rafael M.T.Therapist :

I support you, since taking full responsibility for everything that depends on you is the most assertive and effective way to work on real changes and improvements. You have no power to control the way she feels and reacts, but you can and should be careful and totally accountable for your words, feelings, actions and reactions, modeling the very behaviors you need and want her to develop.

Customer:

Because I cant remember the past issues how can I go back and resolve them she is almost insisting we do

Rafael M.T.Therapist :

Marriage counseling could be an ideal source of support facilitating this dialogue with an effective structure, objectivity and concrete tools for you to work on making changes in proactive ways. Whenever it is about chronic or serious marital issues, I recommend it.

Rafael M.T.Therapist :

Then seriously consider counseling, it would allow her to vent without getting trapped into the past, but healing and learning from it, the same for you. It could the the best way to work on it, without falling into the illusion of blaming, resentment, or any other destructive feeling that could never help, but only hurt both spouses and their relationship.

Customer:

We have had counseling in the past and our counseler has suggested that my wife is a little to emotional over some things but that I need to be more atuned to these emosions

Customer:

Thank You for your help and I will try to be more open to her emotions and feelings

Rafael M.T.Therapist :

Marital issues arise from unresolved personal problems and differences that trigger or get triggered by each other, thus the way to approach marital conflict should always begin by working on personal issues, making changes at that level, then the spouses team work would become realistic and flow, since each of you would take full responsibility for what depends on each of you, ending any blaming, punishing, or hurting each other in any direct or indirect way. Individual counseling is the way to go for that.

Thank you for your trust.

Rafael M.T.Therapist :

I hope you a productive and healing process. Take gentle care.

Customer:

Thank you for your help

Rafael M.T.Therapist, Psychotherapist
Category: Mental Health
Satisfied Customers: 3189
Experience: MHT-MHRS-MS-MA Integral Psychotherapist & Life Coach
Rafael M.T.Therapist and other Mental Health Specialists are ready to help you

JustAnswer in the News:

 
 
 
Ask-a-doc Web sites: If you've got a quick question, you can try to get an answer from sites that say they have various specialists on hand to give quick answers... Justanswer.com.
JustAnswer.com...has seen a spike since October in legal questions from readers about layoffs, unemployment and severance.
Web sites like justanswer.com/legal
...leave nothing to chance.
Traffic on JustAnswer rose 14 percent...and had nearly 400,000 page views in 30 days...inquiries related to stress, high blood pressure, drinking and heart pain jumped 33 percent.
Tory Johnson, GMA Workplace Contributor, discusses work-from-home jobs, such as JustAnswer in which verified Experts answer people’s questions.
I will tell you that...the things you have to go through to be an Expert are quite rigorous.
 
 
 

What Customers are Saying:

 
 
 
  • I can go as far as to say it could have resulted in saving my sons life and our entire family now knows what bipolar is and how to assist and understand my most wonderful son, brother and friend to all who loves him dearly. Thank you very much Corrie Moll Pretoria, South Africa
< Last | Next >
  • I can go as far as to say it could have resulted in saving my sons life and our entire family now knows what bipolar is and how to assist and understand my most wonderful son, brother and friend to all who loves him dearly. Thank you very much Corrie Moll Pretoria, South Africa
  • I thank-you so much! It really helped to have this information and confirmation. We will watch her carefully and get her in for the examination and US right away if things do not improve. God bless you as well! Claudia Albuquerque, NM
  • Outstanding response time less than 6 minutes. Answered the question professionally and with a great deal of compassion. Kevin Beaverton, OR
  • Suggested diagnosis was what I hoped and will take this info to my doctor's appointment next week.
    I feel better already! Thank you.
    Elanor Tracy, CA
  • Thank you to the Physician who answered my question today. The answer was far more informative than what I got from the Physicians I saw in person for my problem. Julie Lockesburg, AR
  • You have been more help than you know. I seriously don't know what my sisters situation would be today if you had not gone above and beyond just answering my questions. John and Stefanie Tucson, AZ
  • I have been dealing with an extremely serious health crisis for over three years, and one your physicians asked me more questions, gave me more answers and encouragement than a dozen different doctors who have been treating me!! Janet V Phoenix, AZ
 
 
 

Meet The Experts:

 
 
 
  • Dr. Keane

    Therapist

    Satisfied Customers:

    1262
    Clinical Psychology PhD, Licensed Professional Counselor with experience in marriage/family, teens and child psychology.
< Last | Next >
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/DR/Dr.Keane/2013-8-20_204325_drkeane.64x64.jpg Dr. Keane's Avatar

    Dr. Keane

    Therapist

    Satisfied Customers:

    1262
    Clinical Psychology PhD, Licensed Professional Counselor with experience in marriage/family, teens and child psychology.
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/RE/resolutions66/2011-1-17_05728_IMG8202smilingeditedforJustAnswer.64x64.jpg Elliott, LPCC, NCC's Avatar

    Elliott, LPCC, NCC

    Psychotherapist

    Satisfied Customers:

    5024
    35 years of experience as a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor, National Certified Counselor and a college professor.
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/formybunch/2010-12-06_191055_img_0975.jpg Kate McCoy, M.Ed, NBCC, LPC's Avatar

    Kate McCoy, M.Ed, NBCC, LPC

    Therapist

    Satisfied Customers:

    3733
    Over 20 years experience specializing in anxiety, depression, drug and alcohol, and relationship issues.
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/DR/DrAkiraOlsen/2012-2-20_746_AkiraADpicmain.64x64.jpg Dr. Olsen's Avatar

    Dr. Olsen

    Psychologist

    Satisfied Customers:

    2336
    PsyD Psychologist
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/norriem/2009-5-27_134249_nm.jpg Norman M.'s Avatar

    Norman M.

    Psychotherapist

    Satisfied Customers:

    2193
    UK trained in hypnotherapy, counselling and psychotherapy and have been in private practice. ADHP(NC), DEHP(NC), UKCP Registered and ECP.
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/PsychologyProf/2010-07-15_171248_logos060400409.jpg Dr. Michael's Avatar

    Dr. Michael

    Psychologist

    Satisfied Customers:

    2177
    Licensed Ph.D. Clinical Health Psychology with 30 years of experience in private practive and as a clinical psychology university professor.
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/KURTEMMERLING/2010-07-23_215531_just_ask_picture1.jpg Steven Olsen's Avatar

    Steven Olsen

    Therapist

    Satisfied Customers:

    1727
    More than twenty years of expertise in counseling, psychological diagnosis and education