“The roots of education are bitter, but the fruit is sweet” -Aristotle
Good communication does not require masterful rhetoric. The first and most important step is to listen well. First with your eyes, then with your ears.
“I am human and nothing human is alien to me.” – Terence (Roman Playwright)
A great deal of our character is reflected back to us in the personalities we most admire.
The essence of a person is not crafted from the hand they are dealt, but from the choices they make.
Carol S. Dweck (Ph.D.) introduced the helpful concept of Fixed vs. Growth Mindsets to help explain how we interpret our experiences in her book Mindset: The New Psychology of Success. Below is a short passage from the book that best explains the impact of these mindsets (I added the bold for emphasis): “For twenty years, … More Fixed vs. Growth Mindset
“What I am is good enough, if I could just be it openly.” -Carl Rogers
The previous post on managing conflict discussed how we react before taking time to respond thoughtfully in relationships. When we get into perpetual problems (personality differences, different lifestyles, etc.), the focus of communication isn’t just to “problem-solve” or “compromise,” as it is to feel heard, understood, and respected. Remember: your partner probably won’t remember most of what … More Managing Conflict Well (Part 2)
Conflict can be messy business, especially if emotions are spiked and the issues are personal. It can be especially difficult to respond to anger, volatility, and reactivity. Few of us are master communicators who can calmly navigate a treacherous conversation. However, there are some tips and tricks that can help promote more productive and positive … More Managing Conflict Well (Part 1)