There’s no such thing as a cure-all, and this approach won’t work on every problem. Nevertheless, its applicability is wide-ranging, and not just for a marriage. As its greatest benefits, it can reduce the intensity of emotional reactions so arguments won’t escalate or get blown out of proportion, and it will be easier to work your way toward solutions because you won’t feel so hostile.
This is a critical point, because many marital problems result from how strongly we react to some wrong-doing. When we’re emotionally overcharged, we behave badly — we create an environment of reciprocity, ineffective communication, hostility, and residual negative feelings. How well we handle the things we don’t like in our partner often determines the path of our marriage.