Why do we avoid difficult conversations? At some point, many of us have had to deliver the dreaded line, “We need to talk.” And this often precedes an argument rather than any conversation.
Why are some conversations so difficult that we’ll do anything to avoid them? Possibly because:
- We are stuck between what we feel and knowing what we really shouldn’t say.
- We are distracted by our internal thoughts and uncertain about what to share.
- There’s so much going on in the relationship with the other person, it’s confusing.
If you didn’t care on some level about your relationship with the other person, you wouldn’t struggle with this in the first place. But avoiding the conversation allows things to build up to the boiling point. When we finally have no choice but to confront the issue, we end up damaging the relationship with the other person.
This article explores how to handle difficult conversations, three types of conversations, and offers tips to help conversations keep relationships on track.
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- Why some conversations are so difficult
- The anatomy of a difficult conversation
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- 3 Kinds of conversations
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Article by Patsi Krakoff, Psy.D.
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