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My boyfriend operates on flight vs. fight mode. He's sensitive to criticism and easily irritated.

Answer from our relationship trained AI Couple Coach:

Updated: 

March 10, 2024

Dealing with a partner who reacts defensively or becomes easily irritated can be challenging. Approach the issue with empathy and understanding. Acknowledge your boyfriend's sensitivity to criticism and validate his feelings. Encourage open dialogue about his triggers and stressors, and offer support in finding healthier coping mechanisms. Avoid criticizing or blaming him for his reactions; instead, focus on collaborative problem-solving and conflict resolution strategies. Practice active listening and empathetic communication to foster mutual understanding and empathy. Encourage him to explore stress management techniques such as mindfulness or therapy to address underlying issues contributing to his reactive behavior. Set boundaries around respectful communication and seek couples therapy if needed to improve conflict resolution skills and emotional regulation in the relationship.

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