Wouldn’t it be good if we could comprehend the true meaning during a difficult conversation? We could listen ‘below the line’ or ‘underneath’ for nuances, clues, unspoken messages and non- verbal signals. How can we can do this without an actual third ear? [Read more…]
Why are some relationships closer, more connected and ‘cleaner,’ than others? Clean means no secrets (overt or covert), no withholding, straight, honest and kind communication.
A friendship requires reciprocity where each person is free to be themselves and say what’s true is rare. Common interests and shared experience certainly provide connection and enjoyment. However, that experience does not [Read more…]
Have you ever been surprised when a conversation escalates into an argument? Do you know that arguing can actually be good for your relationship? Of course, it depends on how partners argue. Elizabeth Bernstein’s article, “Fighting Happily Ever After” (Wall Street Journal, July 27, 2010) illustrates that there is a right way to fight and that dealing with disagreements effectively actually strengthens a relationship. It is important to realize that [Read more…]