communication


Q&A: Spouse makes insensitive comments

Question: I can’t tell you how often my spouse has hurt my feelings with careless and cutting remarks. When I protest, he laughs and says he’s only teasing or tells me I’m too sensitive. Unfortunately, it’s no joke to me. What can I do to resolve this problem?

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Q&A: Learning to make decisions together

Question: As a young couple just starting out, we're eager to acquire good communication skills that will help us build a successful lifelong marriage. In particular, we’d like to learn how to make major decisions together with the least amount of conflict and misunderstanding. Can you help us?

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Q&A: How well do I need to know my spouse?

Question: How much should I tell my new spouse about my past? I realize that honesty and transparency are important in any relationship, but there are times when it can be harmful to “let it all hang out.”

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Couple devotional: Positive communication

This month’s couple devotional is focused on the responsibilities of marriage and, in particular, the thriving marriage trait of positive communication.

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You (don't) complete me: A healthier understanding of oneness in marriage

Maybe you’re familiar with the famous line from Jerry Maguire: “You complete me.”

While this is sweet and sentimental, it’s problematic: No person can ever complete you, and expecting someone to do so can set a toxic precedent for your relationship. But what about marriage, when two people are supposed to become one flesh?

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