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.
Conflict is inevitable within every relationship, but how we confront one another is critical for the flourishing of the relationship. How do we initiate hard conversations well so that they can be fruitful and mutually beneficial? In today's video, Noreen Muehlhoff, Dr. Donna Thoennes and Dr. Erik Thoennes discuss what it means to have confrontation with the goal of edification and how that allows the relationship to go deeper.
Do you ever get angry with someone but never say anything about it? That's called "stuffing." It is that period of time when tension builds between two people as a result of unexpressed disagreement, and if not dealt with properly, it is often expressed in an angry outburst or explosion. In today's blog, Dr. Tim Muehlhoff explores the negative effects of these unexpressed conflicts and how Scripture helps us deal our anger and work through our disagreements in a God-honoring way that actually protects and restores our relationships.
Everyone deals with conflict differently. While some prefer to address issues right away, others may need time and space to process it. Others may even try to avoid it altogether. But the ability to resolve disputes is critical to cultivating a healthy relationship. Where is the happy medium if you and your spouse deal with conflict differently? In today's post, Dr. Chris and Alisa Grace offer a creative solution to addressing conflict when one of you has difficulty doing so.
Christmas is a time for remembering the grace and love of God through the gift of His son. Christmas is also a time for gathering together with family. Whether it's due to broken relationships or societal pressure of an ideal Christmas celebration, family gatherings can be stressful. In this blog post, Dr. Tim Muelhoff gives 5 practical ways to manage the stress of family gatherings, while remembering the grace and love God makes available to us.
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