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A Bench in the Park

Celso Bressan | Posted 11.30.2015 | Arts
Celso Bressan

Evenings, Paul would sit exhausted on a bench in the park. The daily conflicts with his work mates, his wife gone without trace taking with her his be...

5 Foolproof Conversation Starters For Your Thanksgiving Dinner

The Huffington Post | Ryan Grenoble | Posted 11.25.2015 | HuffPost Home

Gravy is great, but the best sauce for Thanksgiving dinner (excluding wine, of course) is good conversation. Something edgy enough to maintain interes...

Where to Philosophize in New York City

Skye Cleary | Posted 11.23.2015 | New York
Skye Cleary

New York City moves fast and aspirations soar higher than skyscrapers. The philosopher Jean-Paul Sartre described it as a place for people who can focus to infinity and whenever he stopped walking quickly, he felt anxious.

Conversation Killers and How to Avoid Them

Dianna Booher | Posted 11.18.2015 | Business
Dianna Booher

Your relationships are formed through conversations stacked end to end. So it pays to get rid of the mechanical things that cripple them.

Seven Books for Working Relationships

Erica Keswin | Posted 11.17.2015 | Business
Erica Keswin

Here are seven books that changed the way I think about working relationships.

7 Ways An Introvert Can Handle A Coworker Who Won't Stop Talking

Quiet Revolution | Alice Bradley | Posted 11.16.2015 | Healthy Living

This article first appeared on Dear Val, I sit right across from a coworker who frequently thinks out loud by talking to me whenever she...

The Business Case for Conversation

Erica Keswin | Posted 11.09.2015 | Business
Erica Keswin

This blog is about the Business Case for Conversation. In it, I will share not only my journey as an organization and leadership development expert seeing the challenges the business community is facing, but also an analysis of what companies can do to address them.

My Encounter With The Rudest Person I've Ever Known

Laverne H. Bardy | Posted 11.06.2015 | Fifty
Laverne H. Bardy

There were many times in my life when I had no interest in developing a relationship with someone but I never came right out and said it. What happened to diplomacy and kindness?

4 Ways to Be More Charismatic In Conversations

Quora | Posted 11.04.2015 | GPS for the Soul

Charisma is mostly about confidence. There are several easy ways to increase your confidence, or appear to be more confident.

The Vital Role of Conversation -- Sherry Turkle Talks About Her New Book

Nell Minow | Posted 11.16.2015 | Books
Nell Minow

A father accompanies his daughter on a school field trip and spends the whole time Instagraming. College students literally choose an electric shock over sitting quietly for six minutes without any devices to entertain them.

The Plugged-in Paradox: Why Always Being Connected Makes It Harder to Connect

Alison A. Quirk | Posted 10.23.2015 | Business
Alison A. Quirk

Take a moment to look around the next time you're in a meeting, at a social event, waiting in line or walking down the street. You'll likely find yourself surrounded by people staring at a smartphone or other digital device. Chances are you'll join them. What's going on here?

Q and A With Charlotte Laws About Her Romance With Tom Jones and Her Memoir, "Rebel in High Heels"

Charlotte Laws | Posted 10.20.2015 | Entertainment
Charlotte Laws

My new memoir, Rebel in High Heels, chronicles my life, including my battle against revenge porn, my party crashing escapades and my three-year relationship with singer Tom Jones.

Cultivating Dialog With Your Child About Disability

Lee Lee | Posted 10.20.2015 | Parents
Lee Lee

An important part of being an ally for your child and the disability community is accepting that you don't know everything about disability, which I find very comforting. I don't need to have all the answers, I just need to be respectful, curious and willing to learn.

How to Snoop

Vanessa Van Edwards | Posted 10.07.2015 | Women
Vanessa Van Edwards

Admit it. At one time or another you snooped. Maybe you peeked at your significant other's phone. Opened a friend's medicine cabinet. Or perhaps you even took a sneaky look into someone's desk drawer. Don't worry, I won't tell.

8 Words To Get You Out Of Any Conversation | Adam Goldberg | Posted 10.06.2015 | Healthy Living

Dinner party, office party, holiday party — it doesn't matter, we've all been there: Some friendly fellow guest corners you and just won't let u...

Texting Isn't the Problem: A Conversation With Sherry Turkle About Reclaiming Conversation

Davis Schneiderman | Posted 10.05.2015 | Technology
Davis Schneiderman

I recall my first year as a professor at Lake Forest College (2001), where a single student spoke on her bulky cell phone as she walked across the quad. I would hold my hand to my ear as I passed her as if I were talking, a joke we shared.

To Be or Not to Be Sherlock Holmes

Sar Haribhakti | Posted 09.23.2015 | Business
Sar Haribhakti

Some people are just so interested in getting to know you as a person. They are so invested in you that you sometimes start to question their intentions and pull yourself away from them thinking that the other person wants something from you.

Tips for Better Texting

Linda Lauren | Posted 09.17.2015 | Technology
Linda Lauren

Texting is being given a bad reputation by the very people who use it for it's convenience, and it does not have to be that way. There is true beauty in the communication of texting, and when it is embraced it can be very rewarding.

Psychotherapy in (and of) Everyday Life

Jane Simon, M.D. | Posted 09.11.2015 | Healthy Living
Jane Simon, M.D.

We don't often stop to realize that our daily interactions with other people -- to whom we might feel love, hate or indifference -- can help us bec...

Hetero, Homo, or plain Horrific

Jim Selman | Posted 09.08.2015 | Entertainment
Jim Selman

No. This is not a discussion about his or anyone's sexual orientation. This about living heterogeneous or homogeneous lives and whether there is any room in the political arena for generous listening and respect for someone else's point of view.

In Conversation With Roger Ballen - One Of The Most Collected Photographers In The World

Michael Ernest Sweet | Posted 08.25.2015 | Arts
Michael Ernest Sweet

All Images (c) Roger Ballen I've been a big fan of Roger Ballen for many years. His work is fresh and terrifically rich. Using a cast of characters ...

Empathy and Decision Making

Mark Baer | Posted 08.17.2015 | Divorce
Mark Baer

We are both members of The Esquire Network (TEN) and he has been mentioning that we seem to have very similar approaches to the practice of law and suggesting that we should discuss it further over breakfast. We did just that.

Guide to Mothers Raising Teenage Daughters

Laurie Hollman, Ph.D. | Posted 08.13.2015 | Parents
Laurie Hollman, Ph.D.

realistically, she wants to be separate from her mother physically and emotionally most of the time. She's a teenager who wants her own identity. So how do you focus your motherhood to maintain a solid relationship with your growing teenage daughter?

What I Learned From My Mom As We Planned Her Funeral

Chester Goad, Ed.D. | Posted 08.12.2015 | Healthy Living
Chester Goad, Ed.D.

I was honored to know my mom and I'm grateful she let me share in her journey. It was a bittersweet gift filled with life lessons. I was lying on the sofa beside her at her home when she took her final breaths, and though it was of course a time of grief, she made sure we were ready.

Knowing and Being Known Is Worth the Vulnerability and Awkwardness

Kathleen Shumate | Posted 07.30.2015 | Women
Kathleen Shumate

Seeking other-centered conversation frees us to love others. If I am intent on truly knowing the other person, I am not worried about their reception of me. Self-forgetfulness gives me the courage to persevere even when I feel out of place; even if it feels awkward, it's an offering of love. And love can never be a waste.