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iVillage.com: How to Win a Fight with Your Significant Other

Be Prepared to Lose

Get over it, says Harriet Lerner, psychologist and author of "The Dance Of Anger" and "Marriage Rules: A Manual For The Married." “Happy couples are couples who fight fair, which is different from fighting to win.”

As Heinrichs asks, “Win what, exactly? And at what cost? Sometimes giving in can actually get you what you want.” Ask yourself what’s at stake and what your goal is, he suggests. If your goal is just to win, you will surely lose when it comes to your relationship.

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