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familypsych-page26 - Communication Eph 4:25-27 29 31-32...

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Communication Eph. 4:25-27, 29, 31-32 Good family communication (Stinett’s 3 rd characteristic of strong, healthy families) Stinett says this refers to talking a lot – not always deep or profound Good listeners (most are 25% efficient) This does not rule out fighting. Strong families quarrel, they even yell, but it is out in the open. Former boss who yelled at me, but then it was over & done (never remembered again) vs. back stabbers or gossips Keep conflict on the issue, not on each other (not tearing each other down, put downs) Able to admit when wrong By time children are in school, husbands have higher satisfaction with communication, which continues through rest of married life. When first married wife more satisfied with communication, then decreases for rest of married life. Problems that inhibit communication 1) power struggle – who wins takes priority over what is best 2) emotions overwhelm intellect – need to express feelings, yet control them. May need to pause & identify feelings to be able to think clearly. Strong families express feelings
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