Couples Argument: Time Out Worksheet

Video & audio overview of the worksheet

What is the theory behind the worksheet?

The idea behind a time-out is to allow each partner to regulate their emotions to avoid highly emotional conflict situations that often lead to hurt feelings. Instead, when a time-out is requested it allows for the couple to take time to collect their thoughts and de-escalate the situation. 

When both partners are calmer they can come together to continue the conversation in a helpful manner. This builds trust and enriches a relationship.

How will the worksheet help?

This worksheet allows for the beginning of a conversation surrounding the idea of a time-out. When a time-out strategy is used in a couple, both partners need to have an agreed-upon understanding of what this entails. With this understanding, a couple will be able to utilize the strategy to help them manage future arguments.

How to use the worksheet?

Work together to discuss what a time-out means to you as a couple. Once you have agreed upon this you will be able to use the strategy in future arguments.

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References

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Sherman, M. (n.d). Anger Management: The Time-Out Process. https://www.ouhsc.edu/Safeprogram/HandOut-Q.pdf