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We Just Don’t Communicate
Now, to start with, the above heading is not true! Everyone communicates – some communicate poorly but everyone does communicate.
Not only that but everyone knows how to communicate. Have you ever heard of a couple marrying because they couldn’t communicate?
So what has happened? Counselors and educators have made a fairly simple process complicated! We have converted an understandable four letter word into a complicated eleven letter word. We used to TALK now we don’t COMMUNICATE.
A few years ago there was a cartoon showing two characters trying to use modern communication skills and still failing to connect. But they persevered and the closing caption read “How do couples last without these modern communication techniques?”
How then do we reclaim the ancient art of talking together?
What about all those books and workshops on communication skills? Well, you decide – but remember when you were a child you knew how to talk with other children and when you first met your present partner you knew how to talk and listen to each other. So don’t worry so much about communicating and just talk and listen to each other like friends.
How do we become friends? Read my article “How to Create a Playful Relationship."
Dr. Keith presented "The Art of Couples Play" at the 10th Annual Smart Marriages Confrerence in Atlanta, June 2006.
American Association of Pastoral Counselors 44th Annual Conference in Portland, Or, April 26-28, 2007
The 11th annual Smart Marriages Conference in Denver, June 28- July 1, 2007
International Marriage Enrichment Celebration in Orlando, Fl, July 12-15, 2007
The 12th annual Smart Marriages Conference in San Francisco, July 2-5, 2008
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