Even the happiest couples, closest friends and most loving family members find themselves arguing about the same things repeatedly. What may start as a difference of opinion often escalates into full-blown arguments, ripping relationships asunder. Recognise what these top triggers are and search for ways to either avoid them or learn to work through them in a healthy manner.
The Top 10s Bottom Three
The last thing that people tend to argue about is nothing tangible. This type of argument stems from frustrations at work, fatigue, friends, and other issues unrelated to the topic at hand. A dirty dish in the sink or a slip of the tongue becomes the basis for WWIII. So, number 10: nothing -- and everything in between.
Close behind are the trivial arguments of bathroom hygiene and habits. Not lowering the toilet lid or replacing the cap on the toothpaste is often the cause for a knock-down-drag-out fight. Another trivial topic that friends, couples and strangers disagree on is whether or not the toilet paper should flip over or under the roll.
Religion and Politics
There is probably no more divisive topic than that of religion. There's a reason it's considered taboo at dinner parties and social gatherings. Politics is another taboo topic of conversation. It can cause rifts between even the closest of friends, especially in a global climate that is changing rapidly.
Couples, roommates and siblings often argue over sharing household chores. Couples often site that the person who is perceived to work the "hardest" outside the home should have fewer responsibilities inside the home. Family members and roommates seem to keep score over who is pulling the most weight around the house.
Kids can bring out the best -- or worst in adults. From arguments about how to properly discipline to issues of respect and privileges, kids provide a plethora of hot buttons. If the kids aren't enough to spark an argument, the subject of in-laws never fails to incite a good row. It can stem from too much "help" from the mother-in-law or the antics of a freeloading brother-in-law. Different family habits and dynamics can bewilder a spouse.
Sex is often the basis for a host of misunderstandings between couples. Many couples mistake fatigue and hormonal issues as outright rejection. On the flip side, a person who has an active libido may be viewed as a nymphomaniac, leaving her partner feeling like a piece of meat.
And the Winner Is
At some point money inevitably causes an argument. A forgotten bill, a neglected loan or even lost wages cause arguments that have been known to permanently separate friends, couples and family members. For this reason, many make it a hard and fast rule not to loan money or share bank accounts.