Schedule your discussions
Although it sounds strange, schedule the discussions!
When it comes to sensitive topics, it can be helpful to set aside time (weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly) to discuss them. It seeks a time free from stress about work, money, or anything else to consolidate arguments into a single episode instead of having them bleed into the relationships throughout the week. Keeping the “fights” or “discussions” on the agenda will allow time and space for reflection and thus seek better arguments so that you can come into the “appointment” of the “discussion” more thoughtfully and respectfully, open to saying and listening to the needs each.
If you can’t reach a consensus, you can always schedule another meeting for later, which will give you time to consider the ideas proposed to solve the situation in more depth.
I am currently registered as a psychologist at the Colombian College of Psychologists (COLPSIC) and as a psychotherapist (qualifying) at the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario, Canada (CRPO). I coordinate the segment “Speaking with the community” in the program “Connections,” which is broadcast every Sunday from the radio station of the Western University of London.
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