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When You’re Terrified of Conflict: Why True Intimacy Means Speaking Up

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I walk on eggshells in my relationship. I have for the past ten years. I try to design everything out of my mouth to lead to the least amount of friction between my wife and me.

And you know what? It’s hurting our relationship. You see, I’m afraid of confrontation. For me, confrontation leads to tension and tension can lead to stress and angst.

When I was a kid, tension, stress, and angst equaled punishment from my father, which usually came in the form of yelling and verbal abuse.

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