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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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Internet Addiction & Brain Abnormalities

Internet addiction A recent study presented at The American Psychiatric Association’s Annual Meeting in New York earlier this month shows that there appears to be a correlation between internet addiction and mental health problems. Although internet addictions are not considered a diagnosable disorder, adults see the behaviors and the potential problems emerging. Dr. Jadapalle, a psychiatry resident at Morehouse School …

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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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Effective Communication Strategies to Reduce Conflicts

This entry is part 3 of 5 in the series Conflict and Communication

Once you find yourself in a conflicted situation with someone else, it is important to reduce the emotional charge from the situation so that you and the other person can deal with your differences on a rational level in resolving the conflict. Defusing The Situation: The other person might be angry and may come to the situation armed with a …

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Preventing Conflict in Relationships

This entry is part 4 of 5 in the series Conflict and Communication

To prevent conflict from happening in the first place, it is important to identify the ways in which we contribute to the disagreement. Most people have no interest in creating conflict with others. Most of us know enough about human behavior to distinguish between healthy communication and the words or actions that contribute to rocky relationships. It is in our …

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Healthy Approaches to Conflict Resolution

This entry is part 2 of 5 in the series Conflict and Communication

Conflicts run all the way from minor, unimportant differences to disputes which can threaten the existence of a relationship. Conflicts with a loved one or a long-term friend are, of course, different from negotiating with someone who does not care about your needs, like a stranger or a salesperson. However, there is an underlying principle that underscores all successful conflict …

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Interpersonal Conflict and Effective Communication

This entry is part 1 of 5 in the series Conflict and Communication

Relationships with frequent conflict may be healthier than one with no observable conflict. Conflict between people is a fact of life – and it’s not necessarily a bad thing. In fact, a relationship with frequent conflict may be healthier than one with no observable conflict. Conflicts occur at all levels of interaction – at work, among friends, within families and …

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Learn to Self-Soothe in the Face of Conflict

This entry is part 4 of 4 in the series Strategies for Enhancing Your Relationship

We blame our partners when we feel discomfort, and this tends to create distance within an emotionally committed relationship. The distance, then, creates a feeling of further discomfort. The clue to dealing with this dilemma is to learn how to soothe your own emotional pain. This can open the way to more passion and closeness in your relationship. Schnarch offers …

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Being Yourself in a Relationship

This entry is part 3 of 4 in the series Strategies for Enhancing Your Relationship

David Schnarch, Ph.D., the author of Passionate Marriage, suggests that in order to grow within an emotionally committed relationship, we must experience the process of “differentiation.” This means holding onto yourself within a relationship, staying true to what you want out of life while sharing your life with a partner. Differentiation allows us to break free from the negative processes …

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