A lot of our conflicts are fueled by early childhood experiences, those internalized and unresolved memories that trigger anger and resentment and drastically influence the relationships we have as adults.
Before you can negotiate conflicts, you need to first understand what you bring to them.
What triggers a conflict for you?
What are you feeling and experiencing?
That requires honesty without making excuses. It is so easy to see ourselves as a victim and play the blame game. However, when you give up your responsibility, you also give up your personal power.
As I sat with my friend, having dinner, I was struck by how many couples were sitting opposite each other, engrossed in their cell phones, with only an occasional comment to their partner. Or they were simply sitting quietly, looking out the window or watching the activity in the restaurant, each deep in their own thoughts, with emptiness reflected on their faces.
Where was the active engagement in conversation? Where was the listening, gesturing, offering points of view, and laughing?
Today on my blog and podcast, we’ll discuss the ways in which purposeful conversations are essential to healthy relationships.
When we talk about investments, it usually relates to what stocks we have, or investing in our children’s education, or in our future.
But perhaps the greatest investment we can make is our investment in our relationships.
Today on my blog and podcast, we’ll explore why relationships are such an integral part of healthy living. Plus, I’ll give you four questions to help you think about the relationships you want to invest in.
Do you remember when you were a kid and couldn’t wait to leave home? You couldn’t wait to do things the way you wanted without somebody telling you what you could or could not do.
But whether we like it or not, we take our families of origin with us. That includes our typical way of communicating. Whether through modeled behavior or words spoken, patterns of communication will be repeated from generation to generation until we recognize and replace them.
Today on my blog and podcast, I’ll show you how working through your past enables you to change dysfunctional patterns learned during childhood.
Have you ever sat down with an elderly parent and tried to have a conversation?
It can be difficult to find common things to talk about, because both of you are in a different world space. Most often what is needed is the art of listening. But it also requires knowing how to start a conversation.
Today on my blog and podcast, we’ll discuss the art of relaxed conversation.
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