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Does Niceness Get A Closed Person Open?
Are you being nice or an enabler?
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Does Niceness Get A Closed Person Open?

Everyone should strive to treat others with kindness...up to a point. Perhaps you grew up with the notion instilled in you that treating others well begets the same; however, that doesn't always work, and this personal development coach explains why.

How To Stop Sweeping Things Under The Rug
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How To Stop Sweeping Things Under The Rug

May 3 is National Lumpy Rug Day which is basically means it' time to do some spring cleaning and get rid of a lot of your junk. Literally, the lumps in the rug usually come from the furniture that has been sitting around in the same place for ages but in close relationships, those lumps come from sweeping things under the rug.

Rules For Emailing Your Ex-Spouse
No need to be TOS'ed by an ex-husband!
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Rules For Emailing Your Ex-Spouse

It's simple to talk to an old flame when you don't have to look at him. So, an email relationship post-divorce is ideal. But when there are children involved in your relationship, keeping things civil between the two of you is even more paramount. Keeping the emails free of judgement, blame and arrogance is key to keeping a rift in your adult relationship from causing a rift in the one with your kids.

7 Secrets To Mastering Communication  Secret #5 Ask Questions
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7 Secrets To Mastering Communication Secret #5 Ask Questions

Welcome back to 7 Secrets To Mastering Communication SECRET #5 – Asking Questions  Asking questions is a major key to mastering communication. Yet, so often most conversations are a battle for air-time with one person ending up shutting down when the other has done what I call the one-upmanship stunt and taken over the topic. Whether it’s casual bantering or expressing important concerns, hijacking a conversation is rarely conducive to enhancing your relationships over time.

Does Your Brain Contribute to Your Arguments?
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Does Your Brain Contribute to Your Arguments?

Ever reflect on an argument and ask yourself, “What on earth was I thinking when I said that?!”  Well, the field of social neuroscience is providing answers to help us understand our outbursts.  Our brains have two almond-shaped masses called amygdalae that are in charge of processing our emotional reactions.  The amygdalae regulate our fight or flight response, which was created as a survival mechanism to allow us to react quickly to stimuli before giving our rational brain time to interpret the stimuli.  In critical situations, our amygdalae respond

Do We Need to Share EVERYTHING with our Mates?
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Do We Need to Share EVERYTHING with our Mates?

I was posed a question which I find interesting.  “Would you like to know if someone hit on me during the day?”  Not in a “this is sexual harassment, I need you to beat this guy down,” kind of way, but in a “would something like that be too much information to share,” kind of way.  The point of the question is essentially, “Are there some things we should not share within our relationship?”

Our Love-Hate Relationship With Texting
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Our Love-Hate Relationship With Texting

The topic of texting came up over dinner last week. There were five people at our table—two men and three women, ages 21 to 63. All five of us agreed that texting has become part of our lives and is here to stay (even the ones like me who still can't respond very quickly). We agreed texting has some benefits: