relationships and can cause
Sticks and stones can break my bones, but words … will ruin our relationship.
Have you ever put off discussing a difficult topic with your partner, because it will inevitably lead to screams and slamming the door? Have you ever said something in the middle of a conversation that unintentionally (or perhaps deliberately) angered your partner? Have you ever finished a conversation with a feeling of frustration, inaudibility, incomprehensibility? You are not alone; communication and conflict resolution is hard work. So severe that 40-50% of marriages end in divorce in the United States, according to the American Psychological Association. However, lack of communication is only part of a failed relationship. Sometimes the way you communicate (or not communicate) is a real cause of conflict. Continue reading