Often our immediate response to conflict in relationships is to blame the other person. This is true for groups as well as individuals. In today’s world, we seem to find it difficult to take responsibility for the wrongs we have committed. It is always someone else’s fault. If we do confess, we will defend ourselves by saying someone caused us to do it.
Some of us get struck in our growth as a person because we excuse the way we are by blaming other people, such as our parents. There is a difference between holding people accountable for their actions and blaming them for how you feel. Blaming is used by some of us as a way of justifying the wrong we have committed or the destructive things we do.
In a relationship, the important question is always, “What part of the problem
do I own? How able am I to respond
to this problem? What do I need
to change in the way I relate?”
There are some of us who refuse to admit our wrongs. It seems that if we admit our wrongs, it will say everything about who we are. If we take ownership for our part of the problem, we believe it means that we are a bad person. For this reason, our partner has to do all the changing and, consequently, the issue never gets resolved.
As a couple, we will not resolve or address our relationship issues until we stop blaming our partner for the problems in our relationship. We begin working through our relationship problems when each of us takes ownership for our part of the problem as well as being willing to do something about it.
In a relationship the important question is always, “What part of the problem do I own? How able am I to respond to this problem? What do I need to change in the way I relate?”
Abraham Maslow, an American psychologist, said, “One can spend a lifetime assigning blame, find the cause ‘out there’ for all the troubles that exist. Contrast this with the ‘responsible attitude’ of confronting the situation, bad or good, and instead of asking ‘What caused the trouble? Who was to blame?’ asking ‘How can I handle this present situation to make the most of it? What can I salvage here?’”