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Now displaying: February, 2017
Feb 28, 2017

Wouldn’t it be nice to know that each person in your world has a keen understanding of you and chooses to respond with appropriateness. Regretfully, though, you probably know someone who seems oblivious to your feelings and needs, no matter how strongly you attempt to coordinate. With such people you will need to exercise caution as you respond, lest you fall into very unhealthy patterns.

Something to Think about: 

  • Each behavior has meaning, but amazingly there are some individuals who have no clue about the meaning of their most common behaviors.
  • When you attempt to correct those who cannot understand you, you run the risk of becoming emotionally imbalanced.
  • With unaware people, you will need to adjust your expectations to match ugly reality.

Let’s Talk Question:

What experiences have you had that point to the fact that someone truly has no capacity to know or understand you? How do you react emotionally in those moments?

Feb 21, 2017

When our emotions and communications become problematic, it is almost always connected to blurred relationship boundaries. We can be so consumed by having harmony that we behave in troublesome ways when it is not happening. In this podcast we will identify cues indicating blurred boundaries, then we will look at the better alternatives.

Something to Think about:

 

  • When you feel emotions like anger, tension, and guilt, there is probably a valid message at the base.
  • When your emotions (and accompanying communication and behavior) are exaggerated, it usually indicates a need for others’ validation.
  • When you live with healthy boundaries, you are able to distinguish what you are and are not responsible for.

Let’s Talk Question:

Name 2 or 3 illustrations of times when your emotions or behaviors are tied too heavily to the other person’s responses. How would clear boundaries prompt you to respond differently?

Feb 14, 2017

When tensions and conflicts arise many people have a tendency to communicate with forcefulness or stubbornness leading the way. Common sense says that there are a variety of ways to look at any issue, so it would be wise to stay away from exaggerated attitudes in favor of modesty. This podcast will explore reasons to communicate in a more modest fashion.

Something to Think about:

 

  • People who communicate with extreme reactions tend to have a deep history emphasizing all or nothing thinking.
  • The more stubborn you are, the less influence you have.
  • To stay away from extreme responses to one another, empathy is required.

Let’s Talk Question:

In your family, what are some examples of you or a family member operating with unnecessary stubbornness?  What would be the preferred alternatives?

Feb 7, 2017

Nitpickers have a tendency to overfocus on common, minor details to the extent that they perpetuate chronic tension. To minimize nitpicking, the need to be right needs to be exchanged for traits like acceptance, love, and tolerance. And if you are on the receiving end of nitpicking, you’ll need to cling to your inner confidence and calmness.

Something to Think about:

 

  • Nitpickers tend to need control in order to feel peace. Their focus on externals keeps them from adjusting internal strength.
  • Nitpickers need to recognize that unsolicited advice will be received as criticism.
  • When you are in the presence of nitpicking, you need not become excessively defensive.

Let’s Talk Question:

In your home, what are some examples of small matters that can be given too much attention? What better alternatives do you have beyond nitpicking?

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