As we continue to discuss interpersonal relationships, I wanted to provide another opportunity for reflection.
According to Beebe, Beebe & Redmond (2011):
“The most satisfying relationships are those in which both partners learn to accept the other and refrain from continually disagreeing, criticizing, pointing out flaws or failures, and making negative comments to each other.â€ (p.338)
Think about a current interpersonal relationship; whether it be with a spouse, partner, son, daughter, sister, etc. How do you measure up with the previous statement? Do you find yourself constantly criticizing and fault-finding? Or, do you do the following things (also mentioned by Beebe et.al)?
– Speak kindly
– Have positive interactions
– Use humor
– Display affection
– Display supportive behaviors
– Try to avoid conflict