Tag Archives: Communication

55 Common Abusive Remarks

by on March 29, 2019

Ever wondered what abuse sounds like? What do abusers say to their victims to get them to acquiesce? Some of the statements listed below might even sound acceptable in certain environments, but they are not. Abusive behavior is pervasive and without awareness, it will continue. There are seven major types of abuse. Physical abuse is intimidation,… (more…)

Are You a Good Communicator?

by on October 7, 2018

At the start of their initial marriage counseling session, I asked Kevin and Karen, “What can I help you with?” With equal amounts of conviction, both of them said communication. As a therapist, I admit that upon hearing this statement I immediately dismiss it. The reasoning is simple: most people who enter marriage counseling struggle… (more…)

30 Reasons Why People Lie

by on May 29, 2018

Rebecca is a middle school English teacher. Previously she worked in a local public school but was frustrated by the number of daily lies from her students. Thinking the private school environment would be better, she switched. But what she found was even more creative lies that her students would tell her. One day she… (more…)

Why You Shouldn’t Ask “Why”

by on February 27, 2018

Mike was confused. Even though he was successful, he struggled with personal connections. He had professional relationships but they were very superficial and work-only oriented. When he tried to converse outside of business matters, he sounded awkward and unintelligent. Home wasn’t any better. His relationship with his wife centered on discussing only severe matters about… (more…)

The Art of Good Communication: Texting Etiquette

by on January 3, 2018

Miscommunication happens often enough face to face. But it happens far more frequently over text messages. Alice was texting back and forth with her boyfriend when suddenly he went silent after a simple question. In the middle of a meeting, John received a three page text message from his ex-wife. Sandy accidently sent an intimate… (more…)

10 Commandments of Conversation

by on May 6, 2017

I stopped by a home improvement store this morning to pick up a few things for an after work project. Unable to find what I needed, a sales associate guided me to the right place and assisted in selecting the needed products. A casual comment led to an enlightening and engaging conversation with the sales… (more…)

How to Handle Ranting and Raving

by on May 20, 2015

The other day a friend told me about her husband’s ranting and raving over what seemed like nothing. His work was demanding more and more, he did not like his boss or the people he worked with, the house needed some repairs, his health was deteriorating, he got a stomach ache from his last meal, the… (more…)

Stop Having the Same Argument Over and Over with your Spouse

by on August 12, 2014

Do you have the same argument with your spouse over and over?  Can you recite their response even before you begin?  Are you losing interest in even having conversations with them?  This can be the beginning of no communication cumulating in an unhappy marriage or divorce. There is a better way.  It can change.  By listening, looking and… (more…)

How to Write an Effective Email at Work When You are Angry

by on April 29, 2013

There is no doubt you have seen a few poorly written emails from an angry person that resembles verbal vomit.  And while you might even understand their frustration, you in no way want to come across quite as gross.  Instead you wish there was a way of communicating your anger that gets results without a… (more…)

How to Fight Fair and Win an Argument

by on August 24, 2012

Have you ever had a fight with your computer?  Everything is going fine one minute and the next thing you know the computer begins to act up.  It starts with one program and then leads to another.  You fight back by shutting down the dysfunctional program and trying to control or anticipate the next problem. … (more…)

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