Communication is a continual balancing act, juggling the conflicting needs for intimacy and independence.
— Deborah Tannen,
You Just Don’t Understand
“We’re worried about you, Bobby,” the mother said, looking over at her son and then her husband. “You never tell us what’s happening at school or who your friends are. Why can’t you talk to us anymore?”
The teenager just shrugged.
A young wife had been waiting for her husband at home, keeping dinner warm. When he finally came in, she asked, “Where were you?”
The husband said, “I told you this morning, I had a big meeting with a client after work and I’d probably be a couple hours late.”
“Walking out the door, you just said something about being a little late,” the wife said.
“That’s right, so why are you getting upset?”
“Three hours isn’t a little late, Mike, and our dinner’s ruined.”
Good communication is essential to enjoying life, understanding family, friends and co-workers, along with becoming a compassionate person. Marriages have failed, wars have been waged and companies have gone belly up because of people’s inability to communicate with each other.
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