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Difficult Conversations

The One Conversation I'm Petrified To Have

Melissa L. Smith | Posted 06.15.2016 | Divorce
Melissa L. Smith

Her mouth is moving but I'm not really hearing what she's saying. I notice phrases here and there like "Parenting Plan", "Split Custody" and "Marital ...

Make It an Intentional Conversation

Merri Macartney | Posted 05.04.2016 | Women
Merri Macartney

We must realize that we can only control the conversations we initiate.

Why You Avoid Difficult Conversations

Pam Bauer | Posted 03.06.2016 | Healthy Living
Pam Bauer

It might sound surprising, but recognizing and accepting the discomfort -- not resisting and running away from it -- is what makes it less uncomfortable.

3 Essential Guidelines For Better Communication With Your Partner

Michael S. Broder, Ph.D. | Posted 02.17.2016 | Healthy Living
Michael S. Broder, Ph.D.

Before that loving Valentine's Day momentum fades away, think of this season as a great time to focus on effective communication with your partner. So regardless of what else is going on between the two of you, by keeping these essentials of good communication in mind, you can only make things better:

Top 10 Tips for Talking Politics in the Office

Debra Fine | Posted 02.12.2016 | Politics
Debra Fine

"Who are you voting for?" "Trump will never win." "Are you a Democrat or Republican?" "Do you have liberal or conservative views?" "You are wasting yo...

Want to Prevent Sexual Assault on College Campuses? Let's Start With Our Kindergarteners

Krista Millay | Posted 12.16.2015 | Education
Krista Millay

There is a major problem with looking to colleges and universities to solve the problem of campus sexual assault. If there's any truth in the statisti...

Why I'm Not Ready To Talk To My Daughter About Tragedies

Mommy Nearest | Posted 11.19.2015 | Parents
Mommy Nearest

Right now, I'm going to let my tears fall in the shower, instead of in front of my child. I'm going to turn off the television, close the Facebook tab, toss the paper in the recycling under bottles and cans. I'm going to let my daughter play and laugh, and not know all of the terrible things that I have to know.

How to End Circular Conversations

Dianna Booher | Posted 08.25.2015 | Business
Dianna Booher

Some people have been having the same conversations for a lifetime. They tell you what a terrible job they have. They give you a weekly run-down on their love affair that's in jeopardy. They ask for -- but never take -- advice on a new business venture.

The Psychology of Ghosting: Why People Do It and a Better Way to Break Up

Lantern | Posted 08.17.2015 | Healthy Living
Lantern

Chances are you've been "ghosted" before. "Ghosting" is when someone you're dating ends the relationship by cutting off all communication, without any explanation. And we're not talking about not getting a text back after one awkward OKCupid date, but receiving the ultimate silent treatment after several dates, or when you're in a committed relationship.

3 Easy Ways to Navigate Tough Moments in Your Relationships

Scott Halford | Posted 07.05.2016 | Business
Scott Halford

Relationships are difficult as evidenced by the fact that the personal relationship card keeps getting turned up with executives I work with everywhere I go. And, because what happens at home has an effect on performance at work, this is hugely important.

Bring Your Whole Self to Work

Mike Robbins | Posted 06.02.2015 | Healthy Living
Mike Robbins

I recently gave a Tedx talk in which I reflected on what I've seen and learned over the past fifteen years - researching, writing, and speaking about ...

A Big Confession About Feeling Small

Chelsea Berler | Posted 05.09.2015 | Women
Chelsea Berler

Today I want to remind you that... YOU ARE ENOUGH. There is no reason to make yourself feel small.

What to Do When the Toxic People in Your Life Are (Unfortunately) Your Parents

Catherine Chen, Ph.D. | Posted 04.27.2015 | Healthy Living
Catherine Chen, Ph.D.

Dealing with toxic parents is a delicate situation and is undeniably tough. But by remembering that you are your own person will enable you to respect the relationship without falling victim to it.

The Power of Vulnerability

Samuel 'Gentoku' McCree | Posted 03.22.2015 | Healthy Living
Samuel 'Gentoku' McCree

ost of us go through life pretending to be strong, even when we don't feel that way. We do this because we're afraid if we let other people know that we're angry, sad, or unsure that they won't want to be around us. But the truth is we all feel this way from time to time and that's what makes leading with vulnerability so powerful.

We Are All Wounded

Carolyn Lukensmeyer | Posted 02.03.2015 | Politics
Carolyn Lukensmeyer

The idea that that we might live in a post-racial society -- a concept that became a topic of national discussion among the pundits after the election of President Barak Obama -- has slinked into a dark corner in recent weeks.

Pass the Peas and Give Me Your Keys: Having 'That' Conversation

Susan R. Dolan | Posted 01.25.2015 | Fifty
Susan R. Dolan

"You've always been there for us, Dad. Now I need your help. I'd rather that we have these conversations now, in the comfort of your living room, rather than at two o'clock in the morning in the emergency room."

Are You Avoiding Having a Difficult Conversation?

Rosalind Cardinal | Posted 01.12.2015 | Small Business
Rosalind Cardinal

Not many people enjoy having challenging conversations. You know the ones; you don't agree and the emotions are likely to be strong. Recall your last crucial conversation. Did it go well? If not, here are some tips for success next time.

Why We Shouldn't Be Scared to Death to Have "That" Conversation

Craig Dowden | Posted 12.22.2014 | Business
Craig Dowden

We have all faced those conversations. The ones that we feel are 'impossible'. A trip to the dentist for a root canal sounds more enticing. The most f...

4 Techniques to Deal With Difficult People

Judith Orloff MD | Posted 12.14.2014 | Healthy Living
Judith Orloff MD

None of us is perfect; most of us are doing the best we can. So keep searching for a part of someone that you can empathize with, even when it's a stretch. You may not always succeed, but keep trying.

A Conversation With My Nephew About Pot

Roger Roffman | Posted 12.02.2014 | Parents
Roger Roffman

When the Thanksgiving dinner dishes were being cleared, I asked Bailey if he had time for a chat, and we walked into another room. He seemed open and receptive to my well-practiced opening line, and soon he was telling me what he enjoyed about getting high. I listened, asked open-ended questions, wanting him to know I was listening.

9 Powerful Steps To Manage Difficult Conversations Like a Pro

Rosalie Puiman | Posted 11.28.2014 | Healthy Living
Rosalie Puiman

So instead of avoiding difficult conversations, it's time to start confronting people in a constructive way. In this article I'll show you exactly how to do that.

3 Money Questions Your Husband Asks About Your Business (and How to Answer Them Without Starting a Fight)

Kim Pisolkar | Posted 07.07.2014 | Small Business
Kim Pisolkar

Money is the root of so many problems in "normal" marriages, but when you're a married entrepreneur things become exponentially more complicated.

Please, Stop Calling Me Goddess!

Erin Donley | Posted 04.27.2014 | Women
Erin Donley

Goddess is considered a term of endearment, meant to celebrate the woman. This made my negative twinges seem both unfair and bitchy.

The Holiday Collection: How to Start a Conversation at a Cocktail Party

Debra Fine | Posted 02.08.2014 | Business
Debra Fine

Giving the gift of conversation is worthwhile to everyone. True success comes from taking the first step and saying hello. The topic is not nearly as important as the effort.

How to Ask for What You Need in Your Relationships

Shasta Nelson, M.Div. | Posted 11.06.2013 | Healthy Living
Shasta Nelson, M.Div.

Asking for what we need while in conversation increases our chances of walking away receiving what we needed.