The Science and Soul of Living Well

Skillfully responding to harmful relationship dynamics

January 10, 2021

In today’s episode, I discuss two sets of relationship and communication patterns that have been identified by scientific research to have a harmful effect. I also share 6 key strategies that can be used not only to skillfully respond to these patterns, but also to change them in meaningful ways. Enhancing the quality of our relationships involves both identifying these patterns more clearly in the moment and having a concrete sense of how to effectively respond when they do arise.

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References & Additional Resources

  1. Fruzzetti, A. (2006). The high-conflict couple: A dialectical behavior therapy guide to finding peace, intimacy, and validation. New Harbinger Publications.

  2. Gottman, J. M. (2011). The science of trust: Emotional attunement for couples. WW Norton & Company.

  3. Johnson, S. (2008). Hold me tight: Seven conversations for a lifetime of love. Little, Brown Spark.

Please note that the information provided in this episode does not constitute professional advice or therapy, mental health services, or health care services, and is not intended to serve as a substitue for professional advice or services. If you are struggling with a mental health crisis or need immediate assistance, please call 911 or go to your nearest emergency room.

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