Okay, folks, here’s the hard part. You’re in a conversation with someone. You’re talking about something interpersonally difficult. You want the conversation to go well. You’re trying to look at the situation objectively. You’re trying to direct your intention toward genuinely connecting with compassion and the hope of understanding the other person’s views. Those are great starts, . . ....
I was recently listening to a podcast. (I’ve been doing a lot of that in the past few weeks. Listening is something my concussed brain can handle better than most other activities.) The podcast featured an expert in psychology, trauma, and social work. This expert made the point that effective communication skills are not generally taught in schools, but are...
Oren Jay Sofer, an expert in mindful communication, tells the following story in his book Say What You Mean. It’s a true story about a friend of his who displayed mindful perseverance in connecting with a stranger: “One afternoon in Boston, he met an attractive young woman while waiting at a crosswalk. They had a short but warm connection, and...
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