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Now displaying: March, 2016
Mar 29, 2016

Description:

When conflicts arise, communication can be laced with strong emotion which can then lead to badgering (griping, accusing, bossiness, repetitions, insistence, etc).  Your task is to recognize the futility of badgering so you don’t make a bad situation worse.  This episode will explain 5 key ideas that will set you up to be a calming presence in a potentially volatile situation

Something to Think about:

 

  • Badgering illustrates a form of deep insecurity.
  • You can choose to join in a counter-badgering style of communication or you can choose to be the mature person in the relationship equation.
  • Your boundaries can be established without a harsh, punitive attitude leading the way.

Let’s Talk Question:

When the communication in your home becomes too agitated, what poor responses might you offer?  What are your better alternatives?

Mar 22, 2016

Description:

Unfortunately disappointment and tension is inevitable is close relationships, especially as unwanted circumstances arise.  In those moments, some succumb to the word “can’t.”  They can assume (falsely) a complete lack of choice in the moment.  This episode will explore four ways to reorient your thinking so you will not become emotionally paralyzed by “can’t.”

Something to Think about:

 

  • People who assume they can’t manage their circumstances are commonly focused on changing their externals, not their internals.
  • “Can’t thinking” sets you up for behavioral extremes such as people pleasing, withdrawal, or emotional explosions.
  • Coming to terms with undesirable circumstances usually requires giving up reasonable ideals.

 

Let’s Talk Question:

In what circumstances do you falsely conclude that you have no choice?

Mar 15, 2016

Description:

One of the great minds of the 20th century was that of Alexander Solzhenitsyn.  While he is most known for political commentary, his philosophies are amazingly relevant for the home life too. In this episode we will identify 10 life lessons that are a direct spin-off from his core beliefs about dignity and the life of true contentment.

Something to Think about:

 

  • Life is best lived as part of a well-conceived scheme, not just random preferences.
  • High control is a bankrupt way of life, as so is freely chosen greed and self-absorption.
  • Rather than majoring on what society should do differently, it is wisest to reflect on what I as one person can do to impact the world around me.

 

Let’s Talk Question:

If you prioritized respect for others and a willingness to be content within yourself, how would your behaviors and communications at home be most powerfully impacted?

Mar 8, 2016

Description:

Marital partners may say they trust each other, yet their communication can consist of chronic bickering, or perhaps there is little personal disclosure, or maybe they struggle to find points of agreement.  For trust to be trust, it has to be demonstrated in real life situations. In this episode, we will examine ways that show if trust truly is (or is not) an integral ingredient in the marriage.

Something to Think about:

 

  • Trusting partners have few incidents of defensiveness.
  • When you develop trust in a relationship, it is the result of truly knowing each other from the inside out.
  • Trusting partners naturally seek for clarification when communication breaks down.  They don’t readily become argumentative.

 

Let’s Talk Question:

What would you say are the top 3 or 4 indicators that trust is fully intact within a relationship?

Mar 1, 2016

Description:

When you and your partner disagree it can be easy to slip into a win-lose manner of communicating.  When this happens, control and stubbornness become central as listening and cooperation fade.  In this episode we will explore how efforts to win ultimately lead to relationship loss, and we will then identify healthy alternatives.

Something to Think about:

 

  • An unwillingness to concede that others have differing preferences leads to a tendency to lord over that person.
  • Marriage is not a battleground. You are helping no one as you attempt to vanquish your own teammate.
  • True winners show honor to the other person by trying to learn that person’s truth.

 

Let’s Talk Question:

When you and your partner go into a conquering form of communication, what common patterns emerge?  What are your better alternatives?

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