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Communication in Relationships

The 7 Most Destructive Relationship Patterns

Kristin Davin, Psy.D. | Posted 01.25.2016 | Divorce
Kristin Davin, Psy.D.

There are many things that can ruin a relationship - infidelity, addictions, ongoing poor and ineffective communication - to name but a few. However, ...

6 Steps to Going From Shut-Down to Connection

Kavita J. Patel | Posted 01.21.2016 | Women
Kavita J. Patel

By observing our thoughts and actions in a conscious way, we're able to identify and authentically communicate what we are really feeling, wanting and needing -- at any given time.

Need To Have A Serious Conversation With Your Partner? Do It At 8:15 P.M.

The Huffington Post | Carolyn Gregoire | Posted 05.19.2015 | Science

Ever wonder why it feels so difficult to connect with your partner? It might be because timing is off. If you need to have a serious conversation ...

How to Heal Relationships: What's Love and Communication Got to Do With It? Part Two

Walter E. Jacobson, M.D. | Posted 11.16.2013 | Healthy Living
Walter E. Jacobson, M.D.

When our relationships fail it is because we have made choices that are destructive and self-defeating. So caught up in our ego and our need to be right, we are blinded to the truth that love flourishes when we are compassionate, accepting, and forgiving. So what can we do about it?

Deep Listening: Ear Of The Heart

Tara Brach | Posted 04.07.2013 | Healthy Living
Tara Brach

As we ignore our painful feelings or push them away, they impede our flowing aliveness and obscure the pure awareness that is our source. By not listening to our inner life, we cut ourselves off from reality. What remains is a diminished self, an unreal other.

Implement Zero Negativity Instead Of 'Constructive Criticism'

Harville Hendrix, Ph.D. | Posted 10.04.2012 | Healthy Living
Harville Hendrix, Ph.D.

Hurtful words in a relationship can be like a drop of red dye in a glass of water that turns the whole glass pink. What starts out as a slip of tongue sets a process in motion that slowly (or quickly) permeates a relationship and begins to define its tone.

I'm Right, You're Wrong: Egos And Relationships

Walter E. Jacobson, M.D. | Posted 09.11.2011 | Healthy Living
Walter E. Jacobson, M.D.

In disagreements and differences of opinion with our partners, it behooves us to choose our battles. However, there are times when the issue we're discussing is too big, and where it really is necessary that we clarify who's right and who's wrong.

How To Talk So That Your Partner Will Listen

Robert Leahy, Ph.D. | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Robert Leahy, Ph.D.

The guidelines for being a good listener are not just for men. These guidelines for listening and communication apply to both men and women, straight and gay, and for friendships as well.

What Not To Say When Your Loved One Is Upset

Robert Leahy, Ph.D. | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Robert Leahy, Ph.D.

Your partner needs your love -- but your love is an active verb. Showing you care involves making time for listening, being there to hear, respecting the right to feel bad at times.

Igniting an Unspoken Conversation

Anne Naylor | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Anne Naylor

What is it like to be holding on to something you have been meaning to say, but were never able to do so?