THE EXPERT: RAY FISHER, Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Therapist
GAIL: What’s the best way to deal with someone when they have a tantrum?
RAY: When dealing with someone who has flipped out, the best way to handle this is to take a time out. It’s almost impossible to makes sense when someone is flipping out.
GAIL: Here are the top five stupid things couples freak out about. Do you agree with them?
- Emptying the dishwasher.
RAY: I agree; chores are a big cause for conflict in relationships.
- Cell phone bills.
RAY: I agree; money issues, if they haven’t been fully discussed, can cause someone to flip out.
- Television programming.
RAY: I agree, but usually the argument is about some other issue.
- Staying out late without telling the other person where you are.
RAY: I agree, especially if the couple is struggling with trust.
RAY: I agree; chores can cause conflict.