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4 Components of a Communication Climate

Tim Muehlhoff - August 9, 2016

How you interact with your spouse on a daily basis is the single greatest factor that establishes the type of communication climate that surrounds your marriage. Read this blog to discover the four key elements of a communication climate and how to evaluate your own marriage.


How to identify hidden issues beneath your conflicts

Chris Grace, Alisa Grace - June 29, 2016

It’s happening again: your spouse made plans without telling you, or forgot to put the toilet seat down, or didn’t offer to do the dishes, and you’re seeing red. But are you really angry about the dishes? When emotions get triggered during hot button conflicts, it is important to be able to identify those hidden issues and understand what is happening at a deeper level. In this video, Dr. Chris Grace and Alisa Grace discuss how to understand one another and communicate when conflict arises in your relationship.


Dealing with Hot Button Issues

The Art of Relationships Podcast - June 22, 2016

When someone says or does something that drives you crazy, you may be dealing with a hot button issue. In this episode, we discuss insights to help you identify the deeper emotions that get triggered from hot button issues, understand why the issue is so important to you and learn how to resolve the conflict well.


How to deal with your partner's faults

Willa Williams - April 5, 2016

What should you do when you are tired of bickering with your partner over little things? You may notice a few faults when you are dating, but once you are married, you quickly find out all the ways that your partner does things wrong. In this blog, Willa Williams (LMFT) shares three tips that will help you communicate and understand one another in the midst of these situations.


4 Key Aspects to a Healthy Communication Climate

Tim Muehlhoff - March 22, 2016

In today’s argument culture, we have lost the ability to cultivate healthy communication climates as we talk about controversial issues. The first step to having productive conversations is recognizing what a good communication climate looks like. In this video, Dr. Tim Muehlhoff shares four key aspects that must exist when speaking with someone who disagrees with you.


Why understanding context is important

Tim Muehlhoff - March 16, 2016

Before you give advice or make a judgment based on the first few words you hear from the other person, it is important to pause to seek understanding. Once you understand how that person arrived that their conclusion, then you will begin the right kind of relationship-building. Watch this video to hear Dr. Tim Muehlhoff address the number one problem between people who disagree with each other.


How to prevent difficult conversations from turning toxic

Tim Muehlhoff - March 9, 2016

We live in an environment where disagreements turn ugly quickly, and our instinct is to return insult for insult - whether online or in person. However, responding in anger or becoming defensive results in unproductive and toxic conversations. In this video, Dr. Tim Muehlhoff shares a communication strategy that you can practice during disagreements to help the other person actually listen to what you are saying.


Understanding the Argument Culture

Tim Muehlhoff - March 2, 2016

In today's polarizing society, people are often quick to take offense in disagreements. The way we communicate about our convictions has a profound impact on the quality of our conversations and relationships. Before you can practice productive ways of navigating difficult conversations, it is important to first seek to understand the argument culture.

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