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Communication (or a lack of effective communication) either makes or breaks most relationships.
Relationships don’t exist in a vacuum. They exist between two emotional human beings who bring their own past experiences, history, and expectations into it.
Two different people also have different levels of skill when it comes to communication, but the good news is that if communication is a skill, then it can be improved.
We can all develop our communication skills. We can all improve our relationships with better communication. So let’s do that!
The Power of Vulnerability
Vulnerability is something many of us avoid out of a fear of being judged, being hurt or failure of some kind. To be vulnerable means to put ourselves in a position that could potentially hurt us.
Many of us that fear vulnerability because somewhere in our lives, we’ve been hurt before. Whether it be a heart break, a rejection or a criticism. It made us aware of ourselves and we consciously avoid the possibility of being vulnerable again by dodging situations that could cause us the same pain, embarrassment or sense of rejection again.
But vulnerability doesn’t have to be a negative thing. To be vulnerable means to put yourself out there and be open to possibilities and opportunities. Fear is only a temporary thing constructed by a negative association with the event or activity.
Curious or Defensive
When we "feel" as if we have been insulted or attacked, it can be hard to listen with a clear head and an open mind. We tend to "react", and our first thought is that we need to defend ourselves, or we will get aggressive ourselves and do our best to point out flaws in the other person; we get “defensive”.
The other option is to get "curious". When we get curious, we start asking questions instead of reacting to "perceived" threats. Defensiveness leads to conflict, curiosity leads to communication.
When you are "attacked" verbally, do you get Curious or Defensive?
This event will explain the difference and the impact that it can have on our lives.
It's not about the nail
Have you ever had a conversation where you really just want to express your feelings, but your partner just kept telling you how to solve the issue?
Or maybe you’ve even been the problem solver, and can't understand why the person doesn't just fix the problem!
Regardless of who you are, everyone needs both emotional support and practical help. Neither one is right or wrong, better or worse. The trick is knowing what is needed at any given moment and finding the right balance of listening and helping.
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There a lot of misconceptions what healthy boundaries are and what they do for relationships.
Some might feel that they aren't really important or may not even understand what they are, but in reality all healthy relationships have boundaries.
The purpose of boundaries is to allow both partners to feel comfortable and develop positive self-esteem in the relationship.
It’s important for both people to be clear about who they are, what they want, and to identify and express their beliefs, values, and limits.
This event will help everyone better understand boundaries, why we need them and how to possibly implement them in a relationship.
Can We Talk?
In relationships, we often hold back from being fully honest with our partner, even when it’s important, out of any one of many fears. We might be afraid that we’ll hurt their feelings, or worried about how they will react.
Unfortunately, when we cannot be vulnerable and express what is truly on our minds, we will build up resentment and anger that will more often than not spill over into our everyday interactions both with them and others.
When we are unwilling to speak up it builds up barriers in our lives and relationships that will keep us from being our true selves and living an authentic life.