Monday, October 11, 2010

Effective Listening

Check out the communication page. Did you know that listening is the single most important skill you can use to make your relationships better? In fact, if you practice how to be a better listener, then you will see your relationship improve right away. Your partner most likely will notice that he or she is being heard, and as a result your conversations may be less heated and your intimacy together may increase. As time goes on, the other person in your relationship may in turn start mirroring the listening skills you've been practicing. I've just added a new game about effective listening. It discusses important skills such as digesting aloud and listening to learn. Hopefully, you'll enjoy learning what and how to become a more effective listener.

I've also moved the skill-builder of the week: Active Listening--Digestive vs. Rejective Listening to the communication page as well. The new skill-builder at the bottom of the blog home page this week is about the latest research on how marriage impacts family life. Check it out to see if you are aware of the most recent statistics about the differences between married couples and single, divorced, or co-habitating couples.

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The Basic Ways We Change

There are three ways in which we can actively monitor ourselves so that we may change how we interact with our surroundings:

(1) Thoughts (cognitions)
(2) Feelings (emotions)
(3) Actions (behaviors)

When you are in traditional counseling sessions--the counselor uses a variety of theories that typically focus on one of these areas to help you make changes in your life. In the best case scenario the theory that the counselor is using is based on their training background/when they received their masters degree, as well as what the current trend is based upon research on the effectiveness of the theories in actual practice. However, we won't delve too deeply into theories and understanding methodology, because this site is educational and for you to understand more of how you work.

The activities that are posted and linked on this blog are to help give you immediate tools to begin actively reorganizing how you interact with your thoughts, feelings, and actions.

People that are aware that they can use their feelings and thoughts to influence their actions are able to control what happens to them. Novel idea? This is because they recognize that they can influence their outcomes based on identifying the emotions they are feeling, then choosing what thoughts they would like to focus on, and then putting it in to action.

Latest Research on the Impact of Marriage on Family Life

This week check out your skills on how much you know about how marriage impacts family life.

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