When working with couples, I am continually struck by the absence of many basic ingredients of a successful partnership.
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We often dread the real or imagined consequences of provoking emotional reactions in our partners…
What constitutes healthy pride, something one ought to be able to freely express, and boastfulness or bragging, something most people find objectionable?
The emotional significance placed on these terms can promote or interfere with personal satisfaction and success.
How can we feel better after an emotionally charged conversation instead of worse?
Why do some people complain a great deal while others complain rarely, if ever?
Instead of ending after 16 weeks as planned, the support group kept going for 41 months.
The distinction between reacting and responding is an important one and one I have emphasized in my psychotherapy and counseling practice.
When patients control more of the doctor-patient conversation… they often have better medical outcomes.
While self-blame is something to avoid, a self-inquiry into what they might have done to contribute to an unfortunate circumstance might prove extremely helpful.