All types of fights can be annoying, and to be honest, plain frustrating. But if you’ve ever had a roommate you’ll understand what true frustration is. Let’s face it, there’s no running away from conflict when you have someone living with you. It’s part of what comes with living together in one space. However, no one likes their home to be filled with drama and negative vibes.
Arguments between roommates are common, especially within college dorms. You know, young blood plus the invasion of private space often doesn’t make a good equation. Having a fight with your roomier? Fear not, you’ll need a little patience (Just kidding, a lot) and the willingness to be the better person in the scenario.
Here are some ways you can resolve and prevent fights with your roommate.
- The Direct Approach.
There no better way than confronting your roommate directly. At times, especially in the case of teenagers, parties often use indirect comments and snitch at each other till it becomes awkward. This is really a waste of time for both of you. What you can do is face the person and talk about the actual issue. Honesty is the key here, folks. Keeping things inside isn’t going to help either of you.
- Talk and Listen.
It’s never enough to share your side of the story and then walk away. That’s definitely not the right move to play. After you’ve addressed the issue first, listen to what your roommate has to say. Be attentive to the points they make. You are also obliged to answer questions that they may have to prove their side. It’s worth it, we promise!
- Clear Yourself Out.
…And don’t forget to ask questions. If you’ve listened attentively (which they will find out if you did, depending on the questions asked), this is your turn to ask her about anything you may be doubtful of. Has he/she made any points that you know for sure aren’t true? This is an example; you can blurt out whatever you have in mind.
- Apologize. (Even When You’re Not Wrong)
Like we said earlier, it’s always better to be the bigger person in a situation. Of course, we don’t mean to tell you that you have to apologize without any meaning. You have to know that you could be wrong too and that your roommate is going through the same phase of life. Trust that she isn’t deliberately attempting to annoy you, which he/she’s probably not.
- End Issues Positively.
Grudges have no room for two people living together. After you’ve established your apologies, let it go. As difficult as it may sound, do this for your own good at least, if not for your roommate. At the end of the day, your studies and career are of utmost importance. So, forgive, forget and end things on a positive note. Maybe even give your roommate a hug or two. It literally heals all bad vibes in an instant.
Although it’s hard to get rid of your anger during an argument, keep your past behind you and don’t let little things get in the way of the relationship you have with your roommate.
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