How to Have Difficult Conversations in Relationships

difficult conversations

Therapist Rhoda Sommer shares excellent tips on how to have difficult conversations, especially when you’re in a relationship. 

My radio guest, Rhoda Sommer, has been a psychotherapist for over 40 years. She teaches couples work to therapists at the University of Pittsburgh. She’s blogged for seven years at Relationship Realities, and hosts a podcast, What Healthy Couples Know That You Don’t.

Rhoda spoke with me about how to have difficult conversations in relationships on Last First Date Radio. Check out highlights of the show below. 

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How to Communicate Clearly With Your Date

I hate emoticons! Okay, hate may be a strong word, but putting a smiley face after a hurtful statement does NOT make it less hurtful. It makes it confusing. It makes it infuriating. It makes for assumptions. It is certainly NOT a clear way to communicate with your date. Emoticons are the new wimpy way to hide behind your true feelings. When you communicate by text or email using emoticons and abbreviations, such as LOL, I feel you are hiding from what you really want to say. Why can’t people just say what they mean?

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