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Communication Skills: What To Do When He/She Won’t Talk To You

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“My husband won’t talk to me.” “My wife is giving me the cold shoulder.” “When I ask what’s wrong, my partner says, ‘Nothing,’ but I can tell something is wrong.” Do these sound familiar? Do you have trouble getting your … Continue reading

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The Betrayed Spouse’s Role After an Affair

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Why in the world would a betrayed spouse (BS) care one whit about the wayward spouse (WS)? The situation I found myself in would make most people think I’m insane for even trying. The affair was very long term. This is … Continue reading

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Listening Skills: Be Still

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Do conversations with your spouse sometimes lead to angry words and hurt feelings? Do you feel unheard and misunderstood by your spouse? Do the words “we need to talk” fill you with dread? If you answered “yes” to any of … Continue reading

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Validation and Invalidation – Part III: Pre-Validation

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The outcome of a challenging conversation is often determined well before any actual dialogue. Perhaps the single most important ingredient is the attitude one takes into it. The more empathetic an attitude you can adopt towards the other person beforehand, … Continue reading

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Validation and Invalidation – Part II: Validation

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To validate is to substantiate or confirm. We feel validated when we are heard and understood. In the context of this article, validation is when one person hears and understands the thoughts and feelings of another, and that person also … Continue reading

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Validation & Invalidation – Part I: Invalidation

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I’m going to quote Steven from EQI.org on validation and invalidation: “To validate is to acknowledge and accept one’s unique identity and individuality. Invalidation, on the other hand, is to reject, ignore, or judge their feelings, and hence, their individual … Continue reading

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