Over the past few months, I have been experiencing what for me is the most intense physical pain I can remember. Reflecting on this I know I have not been the most pleasant person to live with, and that my wife has had to use some of the positive behavior support strategies that she typically uses with her students while interacting with me.
When we talk about the Four Walls of the House in The Mandt System, we are trying to help people understand how the different areas of our health are interconnected. The physical pain I have been experiencing has had a significant impact on my emotional wellbeing, and as a result, has affected my interactions and relationship with my wife creating conflict between us. Additionally, I have found myself at times losing hope that this condition will ever resolve. I am thankful to be married to a person who is patient and kind and understands how my physical pain is affecting these different aspects on my thinking and behavior.
The skills taught in The Mandt System to help manage workplace conflict are also effective in our personal lives and relationships. I have known this for a long time but have recently seen my wife use the conflict prevention and management skills that she has learned as a Mandt System Instructor to support me and our relationship. Also, thankfully I believe that my condition has now been correctly diagnosed and the prescribed treatment will resolve it.
Doug ZehrVogt, Mandt System Faculty