PsychotherapyHELP News by Paul J. Hannig, Ph.D. MFCC
CONVERSATIONS EXAMINED: FIRST OF A SERIES
"Let's Talk" ... how many times has a simple conversation gone awry, making you wonder what happened?! Take heart. It is possible to examine a conversational segment to discover what works and what doesn't. The roots of many successful and unsuccesful human interactions can be found by examining conversational segments. Look at the following example:
John and Mary:
John asks Mary a question, but in reality, he is making an emotional statement. Mary responds naturally to the quesion but fails to pick up John's underlying statment ... which he fails to communcate correctly and directly to Mary. She gives the answer that he does not wish to hear and he viciously attacks her. She is brutalized, hurt and deeply dismayed by his behavior. She defends herself and in the process chastises and rejects John. She follows this with much rule setting and he rebels as if he is reacting like a child to its mother. The battle escalates and the relationship goes into the hopper and both people are alienated.
Avoiding the Escalation of Conversational Warfare:
If either John or Mary had activated their "Objective Observer", they could have stood apart and above their conversation in order to examine what was happening. Thus, they would have been able to further determine a more successful conversational interaction, instead of opting for a dysfunctional one. The "Objective Observer" provides a breathing space ... just long enough to allow you to think and prevent an emotional train crash from happening.
It truly gives new meaning to the phrase "Think First, Speak Later" ...
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Warmest regards always,
Paul J. Hannig, Ph.D. MFCC
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