It's no question that everyone wants to communicate and resolve conflict in a healthy way. If done well, it results in higher levels of happiness and health in our lives. In today's blog, family therapist Willa Williams dives into the physical, the psychological, and the spiritual benefits of good communication and conflict management, helping you develop the skills necessary for a happy, healthy marriage.
If we are honest, we must admit that we are not the best at communicating our feelings or resolving conflict. It may be because these things were not well-modeled for us, or perhaps we're just not very skilled at them. First, in this first in a series of three blogs, Willa Williams (MA, LMFT) describes seven reasons why we fail to communicate and resolve conflict well. Parts two and three will focus on why we should and how we can do them well, giving us the skills we need to cultivate a healthy relationship.
We are in the age of constant connection. It's not that technology is bad, the problem is that the poor use of it can negatively impact our relationships. While technology makes it easier to connect with those who are far from us, if not used wisely, it can also make it more difficult for us to stay connected with those who are near to us. In today's podcast, Dr. Chris Grace and Dr. Tim Muehlhoff discuss the pros and cons of current technology and how they influence our relationships.
Relationships are hard work, and parenting is certainly no exception. Child psychologists say that ages newborn to six are extremely formative in a child's self-identity, making it critical to establish a healthy parenting philosophy early on. In today's podcast, Dr. Chris Grace and Dr. Tim Muehlhoff explore the different seasons of parenting styles and offer practical ways to foster healthy relationships with your children.
During conflict, it's common for people to protect themselves by become defensive - especially if they feel like they are being criticized or attacked. But it’s really a way of casting the blame on your partner. So how do you receive criticism in a productive way without becoming defensive or taking it personally? And how can you share something that's bothering you without criticizing? In today's post, Alisa Grace and Willa Williams discuss practical, healthy ways that we can share complaints without criticism or defensiveness.
Establishing and cultivating a healthy "relationship climate" can be hard work, especially in the midst of a disagreement. When couples get caught up in the heat of the moment, they can make mistakes that hurt the climate of their relationship. In today's podcast, Dr. Chris Grace and Dr. Tim Muehlhoff explore Proverbs to discuss the concept of a "relational truce" and how to apply it when working through conflict within a marriage.
Since words are powerful tools that can be used either for good or for harm, the Bible often talks about keeping our speech pure and wholesome. So how would you assess your own communication with others? In today's blog, Dr. Tim Muehlhoff shares about an experiment in his communication class where he demonstrated the importance of keeping our speech honest and upright.
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