I was listening to a podcast recently (pretty sure it was Terrible, Thanks for Asking) that started talking about how men and women confront problems differently. It struck a chord with me because my boyfriend and I approach stress in 100% different ways – it often causes our little tiffs into bigger fights because of misunderstanding.
On the podcast, one of the narrators said women express emotions, men find solutions.
When I’m upset and frustrated I say I’m upset and frustrated. Those are my emotions and I have a hard time understanding anything except those emotions.
When my boyfriend hears that I’m upset and frustrated, he starts problem-solving. The exact opposite of what I want in this situation because I’m not really processing or ready to process anything but my emotions at this point.
I get upset and I get quiet. He gets upset and he starts talking without coming up for air. We have completely different dynamics to how we approach these things. And on one hand, it’s great because not everyone thinks the same way you do and we should all attempt to understand people who are different than us. On the other hand, it’s terrible because we’re already in an emotionally charged situation and then we go on to react completely differently from one another.
It’s definitely something that will come with time, patience, and understanding. We are all different and sometimes need to force ourselves out of our bubbles for some new perspective.