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Effective Communication & Quality Relationships

This entry is part 2 of 5 in the series Truth and Honesty in Our Relationships

Communication is at the center of relationships. The quality of a relationship depends on the quality of the communication between the two partners. The most treasured times within a relationship are those in which we tap into our partner’s authenticity with heartfelt communication – those times when we talk truthfully. Unfortunately, these moments come far too rarely for many of …

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The Stage of Deeper Sharing

This entry is part 1 of 5 in the series Truth and Honesty in Our Relationships

“We had no secrets; We’d tell each other everything…” – Carly Simon When we commit ourselves to a relationship with another person, we rightly expect to experience a sense of fulfillment that we didn’t have before. Humans, as social beings, seem to have a universal desire to find a partner. Sexual attraction often serves as the motivator for making initial …

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Resolving Conflicts Skillfully

This entry is part 5 of 5 in the series Conflict and Communication

Here is a model that may help in resolving interpersonal conflicts. Identify the Problem. Have a discussion to understand both sides of the problem. The goal at this initial stage is to say what you want and to listen to what the other person wants. Define the things that you both agree on, as well as the ideas that have …

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Phases of the Negative Cascade – Defensiveness

This entry is part 6 of 9 in the series Staying Together - How to Build a healthy Relationship

Defensiveness is an attempt to protect oneself and to guard against further attacks. When a person is bombarded with criticism and indications of contempt, it is natural to feel like a victim – and victims go into a defensive posture (“I haven’t done anything wrong, so stop picking on me”). The victim feels justified in doing this. However, what is …

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When Your Partner’s Feelings Don’t Show

  Emotionally unavailable partners   When we commit to a relationship, we usually expect that our partner will reciprocate with roughly the same level of emotional involvement that we put into it. Many of us hope to find a soulmate, a partner who can share and understand our feelings and ways of thinking on an intensely personal level. Others don’t …

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Parenting From The Heart

Do you have a strong willed child? Do you know how and when to discipline your child? Are you disciplining your child more and getting less cooperation from him? Correction and discipline are definitely part of parenting but they are not the most important part, they are just the top of the iceberg. Often though when disciplining or correcting a …

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Is Your Relationship Healthy?

Is the communication between you and your partner open or a constant issue? Do you try to fix or control one another? Do you feel distant and/or disconnected? Are you able to express your needs and feelings? Do either of you seem to always have to be right? Are conflicts directly resolved or do they go unresolved? Do you trust …

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Keys To Resolving Conflicts

Are you continually in conflict with your spouse, your children, your boss and/or your colleagues? Do you believe that there’s a problem but it always seems to be the other person’s fault? Do you have challenges seeing your part in the problem? Are you resisting the possibility that you might have or you are contributing to the problem? Resolving conflicts …

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What makes a marriage work?

Are you feeling disconnected from your partner? Do you have negative thoughts and feelings towards one another? Is communication or the lack of it an issue? Are disagreements, conflict and fight painful and with no resolution? Do you need to rebuild trust? What makes a marriage work is surprisingly simple. In their day-to-day lives happily married couples have developed a …

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Resolving Conflict With Fairness

Conflicts and disagreements are unavoidable. As long as relationships exist, conflicts and disagreements will always be part of them. As soon as you put two human beings together, you have two cultures, two backgrounds, two frame of reference, two mindset, two families of origin, two ways of doing things etc Depending of the family of origin and even the culture …

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