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Play This Game to Have Better Conversations With Your Kids

You’ve probably got a few go-to tricks to get your kids talking about their day after school or at the dinner table. But sometimes you all need a break from talking about your daily “highs and lows” or “rose, thorn and bud” over bowls of spaghetti. Sometimes it’s more fun to discuss something totally random, like “How…Read more...
Tags: Communication, Conversation, Activity, Lifehacks

Let Your Kids Vent When They Need To

There is a certain pattern to my evenings these days. I pick up my son from after-school care. I am happy to see him; he is happy to see me. We smile, we hug, we walk out the door of the school. And then, things get sour. Read more...
Tags: Communication, Anger, Frustration, Lifehacks

The story of "Lift Every Voice and Sing"

Written as a poem by James Weldon Johnson around 1900, "Lift Every Voice and Sing" tells a haunting story of spiritual survival.The hymn is considered by many to be the black national anthem and has seen a resurgence lately in popular culture.Music has a way of helping us feel others' story. Modern memories tend to be short, particularly in America. It's been said that if you ask a European where their people come from, the answer will be a list of countries dating back generations. Ask someone...
Tags: Music, New York, Beyonce, Race, America, Communication, History, United States, Innovation, Slavery, Lincoln, Coachella, Performance, Inequality, Jacksonville, Black

In Praise of Unremarkable Music: Part 1

Why did you start writing music? Now, what do you hope to accomplish? This year? This decade? By the end of your life? In response to these questions, you might envision your music’s success according to a variety of measures: The awards, press, and publicity it receives. The size of audiences it attracts. The money it makes. The joy you had in creating it. The degree to which it meets a performer’s need or fits their skill level. The experience shared by those in the room when it is performed....
Tags: Hollywood, Montana, Religion, Communication, Creativity, Mindset, John Williams, Composition, Aristotle, Kirk, Bach, New York Philharmonic, Nietzsche, Kant, Eric Whitacre, Kobayashi Maru

The psychology of infidelity: Why do we cheat?

Results of a 2005 study show that there is a significant difference between cheaters and non-cheaters when it comes to the Big Five model of personality traits.Poor self control, selfishness, anger, boredom, and attention-seeking are the most common reasons a person is unfaithful in their relationship.However, a 2018 study suggests that even infidelity, which is inherently a selfish behavior, is more than it seems - requiring an in-depth look at both the personality traits in each person in the ...
Tags: Marriage, Sex, Relationships, Love, Trust, Communication, Vulnerability, Personality, New York Times, Innovation, Davis, National Institutes of Health, Ashley Madison, Big Five, Pioneer, Lewis Goldberg

How Connection Saves Lives and How Policymakers Need to Understand That

Over this past weekend, I participated in my first outreach event for Mental Health America at the NBC4 Telemundo 44 Health and Fitness Expo in Washington, D.C.  Dr. Martin Luther King said that people “fear each other because they do not know each other.  They do not know each other because they do not communicate with each other.”  Here is what I learned at the event: it is easy to communicate with people about mental health because the topic is accessible across culture, race and age. In addi...
Tags: Psychology, General, Washington, Communication, Mental Health, Policy and advocacy, Medicare, Martin Luther King, Conferences, Publishers, Connection, Mental Health And Wellness, Mental Health America, Mental Health Policy, Health and Fitness Expo, Mental Health Advocacy

How To Remove Communication Bottlenecks In Big Organizations

Big organizations are prone to communications breakdowns not only due to having a large number of people or departments, different locations, and poor management but also because of diverse personality traits. When different departments or teams in your organization fail to pass information properly to each other, they create a ... Click to continue reading
Tags: Leadership, Communication, Guest Posts, Feedback, Listening

Two Ways to Help Other People Understand What You’re Going Through

What are you going through? Do you have health issues that are invisible to other people? Have you wished for a way to communicate how friends and family members can help you? Wish granted. In this article, you will read about two ways you can let people know what you need and when you need it. Choose the one that suits you best, or use both at different times. It may be that these ideas prompt new courses of action that can heal misunderstandings between you and those you care about most. ...
Tags: Psychology, Grief, Communication, Depression, Stigma, Grief And Loss, Chronic Pain, Anxiety And Panic

Handling hecklers: Lessons from a comedian

Not every audience member who speaks out during a comedy show is a heckler. But there's a way to test the waters without upsetting your audience, says comedian Paul F. Tompkins.By engaging in a civil way with the person who spoke out, you either give them an opportunity to add more fun to the show, or they'll reveal their true colors.If the person ends up being a heckler after you've attempted including them in the conversation, the audience will be on your side when you shut that person down.
Tags: Comedy, Entertainment, Funny, Communication, Innovation, Humor, Speech, Humanity, Paul F Tompkins

You’ve Hurt Your Partner: Here’s How to Apologize Sincerely

Everyone makes mistakes. Here’s how to fix them. You messed up and made a huge mistake. You really blew it, and now your partner is giving you heck about it, seething with disappointment, hurt, and pain. Now you need to apologize so it doesn’t continually affect your relationship — but sometimes, knowing how to apologize in a way that your partner knows you mean it is the tough part. Guilt washes over you as your conscience reminds you that you didn’t keep your word or your end of a commitment...
Tags: Psychology, General, Marriage, Relationships, Communication, Publishers, Marriage And Divorce, Yourtango, Apologize, How To Say Your Sorry

Let’s talk sex: The science of your brain on dirty talk

One in five people in a new study admit that they have stopped sex cold because of the dirty talk.90% of the participants felt aroused by the right erotic talk with their partner.Dirty talk activates the erogenous zones of the brain: the hypothalamus and amygdala. By electrifying our most powerful sex organs, our brains, research has shown that provocative conversation has the ability to add serious sizzle to our sex lives. Yet, it's a highly subjective form of bedroom art that comes in many...
Tags: Europe, Sex, Relationships, Women, Communication, Vulnerability, United States, Innovation, Men, Medical Daily, Superdrug Online Doctor, Daryl Cioffi

How to Spot Red Flags in Your Relationship

Every week, I get letters here at PsychCentral, asking for my advice about red flags in relationships. From my files: “I love him very much, but he spends more time with his buddies than with me and he won’t introduce me to his friends. He won’t talk about it. He says he has to have his guy time.” “I love her very much but we’re almost at our wedding date and she hasn’t quit smoking like she promised she would do before we got married. She just hides it.” “I love this man more t...
Tags: Psychology, Marriage, Relationships, Love, Communication, Abuse, Intimacy, Dating, Boundaries, Marriage And Divorce, Gaslighting, Compromise, Defensiveness, Red Flags, Stonewalling

How We Connect (and Why We Might Not)

When we're engaged with others in any setting--on a team in our professional lives, in a learning environment like a classroom or a T-group [1], and even with our friends and family at home--we have the ability to connect with those around us across the dimensions of space and time. In space, there is the HERE of our immediate community, as well as the THERE of the other communities of which we are (or have been) members. In time, there is the NOW of our current experience, as well as the T...
Tags: Leadership, Communication, Sigmund Freud, Freud, Brene Brown, Brown, Harvard Business School, Edbatista, Amy Edmondson, Martha Lagace, Amy Edmondson Harvard Business School, Startups Conditions for Group Effectiveness, RSB- Group Psychology, Vanessa Urch Druskat, Steven B Wolff, Barney Moss Yay Flickr

How often do couples have sex? 10 questions to ask your partner about your sex life

Americans are having sex an average of 62 times per year - with people in their 20s having sex around 80 times per year, people in their 40s having sex around 60 times per year and people 65+ having sex about 20 times per year.According to a 2019 study, 55% of women reported being in situations where they wanted to communicate with a partner about what they like (and didn't like) about their sex lives but ultimately decided not to say anything. There are ten questions you can use to create a s...
Tags: Sex, Relationships, Germany, Love, Trust, Happiness, Communication, Mindfulness, Innovation, Personal Growth, Harvard Medical School, Adam, San Diego State University, Debby Herbenick, Jean Twenge, Jess O Reilly

Try the 'When/Then' Trick to Get Kids to Follow Directions

Sometimes, occasionally, every once in a while, a kid just doesn’t feel like being compliant. They need to go get their shoes? Nah. It’s bath time? Thanks but no thanks. You want them to put their toys away? Not interested. That’s when you use the “when/then” trick.Read more...
Tags: Communication, Toddlers, Lifehacks, Listening

Self-Care as a Foundation for Love

Many of us have been taught that loving another person means sacrificing ourselves to serve others. We suspend our own desires in a noble effort to love.   Indeed, love relationships are not just about meeting our own needs. They require an effort to listen deeply to what our loved one needs to be happy and feel connected with us. However, if we continually suspend our own needs in order to accommodate others, we may become resentful and unhappy. We fall into a pattern of codependence — neglect...
Tags: Psychology, General, Relationships, Love, Happiness, Communication, Mindfulness, Self-help, Self-esteem, Intimacy, Codependence, Self Love, Edwin McMahon, Peter Campbell, Emotional Connection

Are Your Customers Getting Ghosted?

I was working with a prominent speaker’s bureau to land a keynote. The agent and I agreed that I was uniquely suited for this assignment, given my history in the industry of her prospect. When the engagement date was getting closer and I had not gotten a contract, I reached out to the bureau agent, a seasoned pro. She delivered the odd verdict on my status as this company’s keynote speaker—not a “yes,” and not a “no.” “She ghosted me,” she said. “You were a finalist. In fact, the contact with wh...
Tags: Leadership, Communication, Customer Experience, Customer Service, Professional Development, Sam, PAUL, Pam, Customer Relations, Effective Communication

The Trumpet and the French Horn: Two Styles of Communication

EFFECTIVE COMMUNICATION requires that we know how to best communicate with others. In other words, communicate with them the way they want to be communicated to. Diana Peterson-More shares two ways people like to take in information in her very practical book Consequential Communication in Turbulent Times, direct and indirect. Communication can be direct and straightforward, which often entails using the “w” words: “What do you think? What would you like me to do? What’s your answer? Why shoul...
Tags: Facebook, Leadership, Instagram, Communication, Horn, Diana Peterson

Study: Can you tell a meaningful quote from ‘pseudo-profound bullsh*t’?

In recent years, psychologists have been studying how and why people often view meaningless statements as profound.A recent study examined how contextual factors (such as adding attribution) affect interpretation of pseudo-profound quotes.Check out some of the quotes from the study listed below. Some people can find deep meaning in thin air. It's a skill that demonstrates the peculiarity of the human brain and its inclination to find patterns in the noise, even when none exist. Albert Einstei...
Tags: Psychology, Media, Writing, Communication, Intelligence, Innovation, Albert Einstein, Einstein, Sigmund Freud, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Bertrand Russell, Max Planck, Heraclitus Nature, Charles Darwin Matter, Vukašin Gligorić, Ana Vilotijević

4 Tech Tools Every Business Leader Should Know About

Business leaders face continuous challenges in this fast-paced world economy. Many difficult decisions must be made on a daily basis. And with ever-evolving technological improvements, the ways we conduct business are constantly changing. To be a successful business leader in today’s technology-driven economy, one must utilize these resources in order ... Click to continue reading
Tags: Productivity, Leadership, Communication, Guest Posts

February 2020 Leadership Development Carnival

Welcome to the February 2020 Leadership Development Carnival! We’re excited to share posts from leadership experts from around the globe on the topics of  communication, development, engagement, team building, and more. Communication Jeff Evans of Designed Learning shared Influencing Without Direct Control. Jeff writes: “As I think about all of the relationships of my life, power seems to have a major role. I believe our search for power is the wrong search. What I want is influence with o...
Tags: Productivity, Leadership, Abc, Communication, Development, Diana, John, Bill, ANN, Engagement, Pacific Ocean, Steve, Chris, Liz, Erik, Simon

Watch This New Short Film About a Non-Verbal Girl With Autism on Disney+

As part of a program aimed at discovering new storytellers and storytelling techniques, Disney+ released a short film in January featuring a non-verbal character with autism. And you should watch it with your kids.Read more...
Tags: Films, Disney, Communication, Autism, Lifehacks

How Conflict Can Be Constructive

Full disclosure, I have long considered myself conflict avoidant. Chalk it up to being a Libra peacemaker, who craves harmonious relationships, as well as someone who grew up in a household in which raised voices were rare. As a result, I didn’t learn how to gracefully navigate the waters of opposing viewpoints. More often than not, I would “go along to get along” and refrain from rocking the boat lest it capsize in emotionally stormy seas. Those were also the roots of long-time co-dependency w...
Tags: Psychology, Relationships, Communication, Personal, Conflict Resolution, Alexandria Virginia, Taber, Conflict Avoidance, Taber Shadburne, Annabella Wood

Is the ‘forever transaction’ business model ethical?

How can you build a subscription model that continues to satisfy your consumer while avoiding fatigue and potential ethical downfalls?According to business consultant and speaker Robbie Kellman Baxter, you must first determine whether your service really requires a subscription in the first place. And if it does, be careful not to overwhelm the customer, which can lead to subscription guilt.Trust is just as important. Hiding the cancel button from your customers might keep them around in the sho...
Tags: Business, Brand, Communication, Economics, Innovation, Consumerism, Product Design, Robbie Kellman Baxter

Does Your Vocabulary Help or Hinder Your Self-Esteem?

The words you choose either give you power or take it away. How familiar are you with your internal dialogue when it comes to building self-esteem? The language you use can have a profound impact on your self-image, how you show up in the world, and how you live your life. Words have the power to shape your beliefs and influence your decisions and can either empower you to love yourself more or to feel awful. The way you express yourself, your choice of words, and tone of voice creates energy ...
Tags: Psychology, General, Communication, Self-esteem, Negative Self-talk, Yourtango, Vocabulary, Empowering Words

The Simplest Yet Most Difficult Sales Skill | Sales Strategies

Silence is one of the simplest things a seller can learn to do, but it is the most difficult for them to execute in the sales process effectively. Shut up and listen to your prospect—do not get overly excited and …Read More »
Tags: Sales, Communication, Sales Leadership, Sales Strategies, Client Communication, Sales Process, Sales Success, Sales Tips, Colleen Francis, Engage Selling Solutions, Observations from the real World, Engage Selling, Sales Communication, Sales Conversations, The Simplest Yet Most Difficult Sales Skill

Here's how good liars get away with it

Being able to get away with a few white lies can be a useful skill. Giving your boss a plausible explanation as to why you're late to work, for example, can be fairly handy — why do they have to know you just pressed snooze a few too many times?Some of us get better results than others, of course, when we tell fibs. But those who think they're better at lying than average seem to have a few things in common, according to new research published in PLOS One.To understand what makes a good liar, Br...
Tags: Psychology, Trust, Communication, Personality, Innovation, Storytelling, Criminal Justice, Maastricht University, Brianna Verigin, BPS Research DigestReprinted

The signs of unhealthy power dynamics in a relationship—and how to even them out

The balance of power in relationships is an ever-changing status that deserves to be carefully monitored and cared for.Negative balances of power can be defined by three different relationship dynamics: demand/withdrawal, distancer/pursuer and the fear/shame dynamic. Researchers have conducted several studies and come up with a list of questions that can help you determine if your relationship has a negative power imbalance. What is a “power imbalance” in a relationship? Thinking about where ...
Tags: Marriage, Maryland, Relationships, Love, Happiness, Communication, Compassion, Power, Empathy, Innovation, Berkeley, Self, John Gottman, University of Notre Dame, Theresa, Department of Psychology

Who Takes Out the Garbage? Dividing Household Chores

You’d think after decades of an economy that depends on two incomes to float a family, that how a couple can work together to keep house would be common knowledge. You’d think. But old role definitions and stereotypes about who should do household chores die hard — very hard. Couples who see themselves as egalitarian and modern in their thinking are sometimes astonished to find themselves fighting regularly about such things as who should do the dishes, pick up the living room, and be sure that...
Tags: Psychology, Marriage, Relationships, Communication, Expectations, Cohabitation, Pew Research Center, Marriage And Divorce, Mutual Respect, Gender Roles, Household Chores

Motivation in the Workplace: How to Move Your Employees

When it comes to increasing productivity and inspiring your employees, find out how to create motivation in the workplace.
Tags: Motivation, Business, Child Care, Communication, Other, Employee Motivation