- Do we each make it safe for the other to share thoughts & feelings?
- Do we each listen without interrupting?
- Which of us is aware of feelings quickly, who needs time to process first?
- Do either of us sweep issues “under the rug” instead of working them out?
- Do either of us demand, push, and escalate if the other is not ready to talk?
- Are we both able to remain composed even when experiencing strong emotion?
- Discuss each of these concepts with your partner. Be humble, give consideration to the ways you need to grow. Show your motivation by beginning to implement these principles, your partner will notice the difference and then her/she will make more effort as well.
- Never call names or give insults!!…
- Speak with Respect
- Be Kind
- Resolve Conflict Calmly
- Use Time-Outs when upset Compromise, Embrace Differences
- These may seems like common sense guidelines, and they are. However, we often regress to unsophisticated behavior and cause harm in our relationships. Significant changes take place when we are consistent changing a few practices. Begin now!
- Very often the couples I see have these difficulties, and have not realized it. Dysfunction is an insidious thing and can sneak up on us, causing great harm before we know it.
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