Monday, September 7, 2009

Do you deprive others of speaking their mind?

Any friend or partner you choose in your life deserves the chance to speak his or her mind. This is the only way to achieve more clarity and understanding between the two of you. Not to mention, it is also one of the key elements that can make a friendship or a relationship blossom.

It doesn’t matter how much you dislike communicating or expressing yourself, but when you deprive your friends or partner of expressing themselves, you’re truly hurting yourself in the end.

There are a number of different ways you could be depriving others of communicating openly with you. You could turn your back on the conversation, say you’re busy or don’t have time. Maybe you deny that there’s anything worth talking about. Perhaps you even raise your voice to intimidate your way out of having the conversation.

Let me remind you: Nothing good can come out of this. This is so unhealthy in any relationship.

You may have done a good job avoiding the conversation, but this will not serve you or the relationship well in the long term. It’s like sweeping dirt under the mat. You’re hiding the mess, but not getting rid of the problem. This means one day something as simple as someone lifting the mat will be all it takes for the mess to blow up at you.

With this, I was going to write an article that can help you to communicate openly while allowing others to do the same, however, I came across an article quite appropriate to share regarding this topic. It is written by Relationship Coaches and Authors, Susie and Otto Collins. I’ve shared some of their advice here before on: Proven secrets for creating great relationships (Part 1-5).

Again, they’ve touched on a topic that I’ve wanted to share with you and I find what they have to say to parallel my thoughts. Rather than reinvent the wheel, I’m grateful to share with you what they wrote… Stay tuned to my next post on:

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