Teaching how to start those tough conversations

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One of my clients came into the session upset about an argument she had with her husband. 

She said, “He’s afraid to talk to me about something that’s bothering him because he knows I may get angry, so he avoids the subject. And I don’t like when he immediately gets defensive and raises his voice so I shut down when he starts to get upset.” She reported...

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“I didn’t know what to say, so I didn’t say anything.”

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This blog from the TheRelationshipProtocol.com offers a helpful overview for initiating conversations. See “Notes for Professionals” at the end.   

Has anyone ever said that to you? Worse yet, have you used that reasoning as an excuse for not having an important conversation?

As adults, we should all know how to have most conversations, even the tough ones. Yet, we often...

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Got Conflict?

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This blog from the TheRelationshipProtocol.com offers some suggestions for managing conflicts. See “Notes for Professionals” at the end. 

 

Conflicts in any relationship are natural and to be expected. However, they don’t have to derail your relationship to the point of no return. If you’re having a conflict or disagreement with someone that’s important...

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Solving Their Problem Is Not Being Helpful

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As professionals, we genuinely want to fix problems, and be helpful to the people we work with –– which, in most cases, is a good thing. However, sometimes we can become overzealous in our desire to help.

We might impatiently take the lead to figure out a remedy to a problem, or we quickly offer our definitive opinion about what the client, patient, employees, etc., should do....

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How-To Work with Relationships: Get ‘em to Make a Commitment

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During your first session or meeting with two individuals in a relationship, typically they’re at odds, feeling stuck, struggling to get along or anger is the predominant emotion.  You’re now assigned the task of figuring out how to best help them. The responsibility can feel overwhelming, if not scary at times, particularly if you’re not sure what to do or where to...

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How to Work With Relationships: Who's on the Other Side of the Interaction?

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You may be thinking, “Huh? What is she talking about?”, but this question of, “Who’s on the other side of the interaction?”, is one that I often raise with my clients. It concerns asking them to be more thoughtful about the other person: being aware of who they are, what they need from them and then presenting the information in a way that the other person can best...

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