Category: Communication

Violent Communication

Do you use violent ways to communicate?  I don’t mean physically hurting someone (although we certainly don’t want that, either!)  What I’m talking about are ways that we...

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Reality of Marriage

Falling in love and getting married…..it seems so happy. Planning the party, imagining living together, hoping to get every type of happiness is pretty normal for most couples....

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Poor Communication

Maneuvering through your own reactions takes understanding and knowledge of yourself. How you learned to manage your disappointment and frustration over the years contributes to...

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The Art of Listening

As a therapist, you can imagine the importance of being a good listener.  Listening is a must-master skill for this profession, and it is not one that we humans are born with,...

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The Most Powerful Last Word

Do you need to have the last word in an argument?  Why is it so hard to let the conversation die without having the last say?  What drives this compulsive need to make the last...

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Invitation vs. Expectation

I work with couples regularly who are stuck in the power struggle. They fight with each other over which one is going to act and behave according to the other’s worldview.  It...

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What’s Missing In Marriage?

What is a common missing ingredient in the couples that frequent my office? It is present in the beginning of a relationship. We heap it on and lavish our new love with it. Then,...

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Unintentional Communication

As parents, spouses, friends, and family members, we often communicate unintentional messages that get us into trouble! To make matters worse, our partners have “guessers” that...

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Emotional Anorexia

Most people are familiar with the term anorexia.  When they hear the term they think of an eating disorder. People can also suffer from emotional anorexia. I see emotional...

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Positive Energy is Contagious!

Have you ever heard the phrase, “Being happy is a choice” or “Choose to have a good day”? I’ve recently noticed a trend in “positive thinking” speakers and authors. I agree, we...

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Does True Love Exist?

Does true love exist? Most of us believe in true love to an extent and see it as magical and intoxicating. We associate true love with very powerful feelings, but is that it? If...

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