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Communication in Stressful Times

February1

Tip 277

Do We Have to Talk

Communication can make a marriage; it can destroy a marriage. Not understanding what your spouse needs in communication (and vice versa) can lead to hurt feelings that are hard to repair.

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As we’ve said, women talk about feelings. Women talk to de-stress. Men talk about facts, events, sports, data. When men are stressed, talking is the last thing they want to do.

A friend today described stressful communication as polar opposites in her marriage. She said when she’s stressed, she needs to talk it out. Being able to talk problems out is like pouring water on a fire; it puts the fire out.

For her husband, having to talk about problems is like pouring gasoline on a fire; it makes it worse.

What do you think? How do you and your spouse handle communication differences in stressful situations?

~ Glenda (gj)

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