Category Archives: Conflict

Couples Communication Boosters – Top 5 Activities You Must Try

Communication activities for married couples are those exercises that couples can do to improve the way they converse with one another. As these activities take place, communication skills are enhanced and spouses learn to understand one another. Of course words are understood, that is a given, but when communication is improved, spouses learn the meaning behind those…

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Attachment Based Communication Tips for Partners

As a couple’s therapist, I frequently hear partners describe each other as clingy, cold, rejecting, or always in-their-own-world. What they are essentially describing are not personal attributes but attachment styles that form in early childhood and continue to impact our adult relationships. The way in which we relate to our partners, whether we seek intimacy or closeness,…

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Five Tips for Building Mindful Communication

Being in a relationship has its ups and downs. The same can be said about having a family. When it comes to conflict in either area, the powerful impact communication can have in any relationship is widely agreed upon. Ability to self-regulate facilitates healthy communication   A key component of being able to communicate effectively…

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6 Tips on How to Stop an Argument From Escalating

Arguments and conflicts are frequently seen as a negative thing and a sign that a relationship is in trouble. However, it is crucial to understand the process of conflict, that can raise awareness of the perspectives and emotional needs of partners. Additionally, arguments can increase energy levels sufficiently to motivate you to articulate your needs,…

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Adopting Non Violent Communication in Relationships

“We need to improve our communication,” she says. “I think we communicate just fine,” he says. It is not uncommon for one partner to think that changes need to be made in the relationship and for the other to disagree or even seem indifferent. With expressions like, “communication is a two-way street”, it is natural…

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12 Ways to Have an Intimate Conversation with Your Significant Other

Relationships are not simply about being physically intimate; they are a lot more that involve love, trust, respect, and commitment. Apart from being physically intimate with your partner, it is important that the two of you are able to connect through emotional intimacy. A great way to achieve emotional intimacy is by having intimate conversations.…

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12 Communication Failures That Cause Even the Strongest Marriage to Fail

Some of the best marriages probably break down because of problems in communicating. There are couples who are so in love and committed to each other but who don’t appear to get along because their communication is awry.   And to top it all off marriage counselors often cite a lack of communication in a…

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When Your Partner Wants to Do It but You Don’t: Ways to Decline Sex

Healthy sex is the best thing in a successful relationship. However, there come moments when your partner wants to do it but you don’t. Denying or saying no upfront can lead to arguments which eventually can escalate things to the worst. Believe it or not, but sex is important in a relationship as much as…

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Improving Marriage Communication with a Passive Aggressive Spouse

Is your spouse passive-aggressive? Perhaps your teenager is? Much of what I will say here applies to spouses and teenagers.   Passive aggressive style of marriage communication Do you find yourself feeling frustrated when your seemingly reasonable questions go unanswered and attempt to communicate are met with silence?  Are you resentful of their ability to…

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Communication – Your Marriage Relies on It

Marriage is the quintessential mirror of who you are. All relationships are representative of your ability to connect and share information in a meaningful way. When it comes to marriage you bring the totality of all your relationships with you. Your caregivers and society are the first exemplars of social connection and communication; they help…

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Stonewalling Can Be the Reason for Failed Marriages

Communication is the key to a successful relationship. It is of utmost importance, particularly in relations that matter most. What is stonewalling? Stonewalling is a behavior that can be described as the act of employing delaying strategies. The person who stonewalls another avoids confrontation or simply refuses to acknowledge the other person’s concerns. Stonewalling can occur…

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7 Steps to Better Communication in Your Marriage

Nothing changes if nothing changes! This is one of my favorite quotes and one that I highlight with all of my clients in my first session. Deep down, we all hope that we can transfer our challenges to someone else and have them perform magic. But the truth is that we are really responsible for…

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