In a culture that values sarcasm and humor over heartfelt openness, creating rich, meaningful friendships can be incredibly difficult. If you’re seeking out more substance in your relationships, how can you begin? In our Christian Perspectives on Relationships course, the panel – Drs. Erik and Donna Thoennes, Dr. Tim and Noreen Muehlhoff, and Dr. Chris and Alisa Grace – share their thoughts in this Q&A session clip.
While we may understand why speaking before listening–giving our opinion without first gathering the facts–is folly, it is interesting that the ancient writer of Proverbs would suggest that speaking before listening is shameful. Read this blog by Dr. Tim Muehlhoff to discover the top 3 barriers to effective listening and how to overcome them.
How you interact with another person is the most significant factor in establishing the type of communication climate that surrounds your relationship. In this chapel talk at Biola University, Dr. Tim Muehlhoff and his wife Noreen Muehlhoff delve into the 4 aspects of a communication climate and explain how to cultivate a healthy relationship.
Many people say that their parents never fought in front of them, so they do not have any sort of model for conflict management in the home and often believe that they should actually do the same – and not fight in front of their kids. Read Willa's blog to discover why having healthy conflict, a fair fight, in front of your kids can actually be a good thing!
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