When someone criticizes us, our instinct is to become defensive or respond in anger. In today’s polarized world, disagreements, even amongst friends, become sharp, heated and aggressive. But God calls us in 1 Peter 3 to not return evil for evil, and instead bless those who insult us. In this video, Dr. Tim Muehlhoff shares two practical ways to help you bless those who insult you.
If there’s an issue that’s bothering you – a friend hits a little too close to home with her jokes, a family member makes a judgmental comment about you, a co-worker slacks off, leaving you with most of the work – how do you confront the other person in a positive, humble manner? Dr. Tim Muehlhoff explains how to open a confrontational conversation well.
The holidays are stressful for a multitude of reasons. One significant one is that it brings together people who are not used to being around each other and may have serious disagreements and simmering emotions that are festering. Holiday gatherings provide the perfect opportunity for them to surface. If pressed into an unavoidable conversation, how should you start it?
In our closest relationships we desire to have a voice that influences each person’s life. We expect that a spouse, child, relative or co-worker will take our opinions seriously. When they are easily dismissed or ignored, conflict quickly escalates. In this blog, Dr. Tim Muehlhoff explains how a speaker's credibility affects our communication during conflict.
The thing with expectations is that we usually don’t even realize we have them until they are not met. This is particularly true of newlyweds. Once you say “I do” and start living together on a daily basis, that’s when issues begin to surface. Yet, all too often we fail to even talk about them, which usually results in conflict. And it’s certainly not limited to newlyweds.
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. It isn’t “what we communicate about that shapes a relational climate,” note communication experts, “as much as how we speak and act toward one another.” How can I assess the climate of my marriage? Read more to find out.
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