IS SOBRIETY ENOUGH? Three recovery challenges – and how you can survive them all…

  Sometimes the advice those in recovery think they hear is what not to do! All those don’ts: Don’t hang out with the same old crowd. Don’t go to the same old places. Don’t let your family talk you back … Keep reading…..

LOST YOUR STOP SIGN? Braking that impulse in three steps!

Learn how to get in front of those impulses that cause conflict and stress! Oops! It happened again. David meant to express empathy and concern to his father, who was upset about a business problem. Instead, he blurted out, “Well, … Keep reading…..

HOW LONG IS ENOUGH? 10 warning signs to help you decide if it’s time to move on.

Commitment: “A promise to do or give something; a promise to be loyal to someone or something; the attitude of someone who works very hard to do or support something.” (Merriam-Webster Dictionary)  And most, if not all, commitments involve some … Keep reading…..

HABITS I’VE DISCOVERED I REALLY DON’T NEED! AND – THOSE I WISH I HAD! How new habits can work to reduce your stress and anger.

HABIT: an acquired mode of behavior that has become nearly or completely involuntary (http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/habit)   When I started this blog, my plan was to write at least two posts each week! Well – a quick glance at my posts will … Keep reading…..

Tips For Handling Those Moments When Passion is About to Overcome Reason – and your words are about to change everything!

If only those folks who are so irritating knew how you really feel! How angry, frustrated, upset you get when they just haven’t gotten the point! If only they knew and would change their attitudes so that you could get … Keep reading…..

ANGRY? Maybe your passion triumphs over your reasoning: Anger Management Challenges in ordinary communication (Part 2)

Ordinary communication – with the shoe repair person, the waiter, the salesperson at the mall – this should be simple. Shouldn’t it? But, have you ever done a little eavesdropping on some of those conversations that pass through your routine … Keep reading…..

GOOD INTENTIONS GONE BAD: Observations on how and why friendly communication turns into hurt and anger….. and….. what you can do about it.

Recent experiences have left me pondering on just how easily good intentions can end up with one or more people feeling hurt, angry, and surprised that others didn’t “get” them. In the process of observing myself and others as we … Keep reading…..

ANGRY? Maybe your passion triumphs over your reason: Anger Management challenges in ordinary communication

Starting and maintaining a blog, I’ve been discovering, is somewhat like beginning a new friendship. It won’t last, won’t thrive, if you don’t continue to nurture and grow it. Just like with many new friendships, one of the challenges of … Keep reading…..

Adult Children of Angry Families: Can We Really All Get Along?

Does this sound familiar? It’s time again for one of those obligatory family get-togethers. An important birthday, a special event, a major holiday – whatever the reason, you’re faced with one more day of the same old conflict, those familiar … Keep reading…..

Few Communications Require Immediate Responses: The NBA Approach to Avoiding the Wars.

You may have experienced more than once that “I shoulda said…” moment, after being hit with an unexpected comment from a friend or colleague. And – I suspect that, like me, you’ve also occasionally found yourself thinking about how you … Keep reading…..