Month: August 2012

Two sides of Criticism

Criticism is like an arrow: the sender only sees feathers, but the recipient sees a sharp point.
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The Lack of Power Struggles Within a Relationship: Can This be Achieved?

I’ve been thinking quite a lot about the discussions we’ve had recently concerning power struggles within a relationship. We’ve been talking about John Gottman’s book “Why Marriages Succeed or Fail“. He seems to have looked at the many couples he observed in terms of their conflicts and issues with power.
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Is Conflict Inevitable in Relationships?

Infaltable sharks at Bexhill

We’ve been reading “Why Marriages Succeed or Fail” by John Gottman. After studying hundreds of couples, he concluded that all of them contained conflict, and successfully resolving it was the key to a lasting marriage.
We disagree. In the seven-plus years we’ve known each other, we have never had conflicts of the nature he describes.
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