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Different Coping Styles

I was a newly minted psychiatrist in 1989, when the largest earthquake since 1906 struck the Bay Area. The couples I was seeing were having trouble staying connected, and helping each other through the crisis. As I listened it seemed … Continue reading

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Difficult Conversations: The “Doorbell” Strategy

Difficult conversations epitomize the concept of crisis as a moment of risk as well as opportunity.  Much of the quality of relationships is determined by how well we handle difficult conversations.  Handled well, they further trust and intimacy; handled poorly, … Continue reading

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