Dr. Molly Barrow

The Official Dr. Molly Barrow Blog offers educational self help advice about relationships, business, dating, marriage, parenting, teenagers and children, self-esteem, love and romance. Dr. Molly Barrow holds a Ph.D in psychology and is the author of Matchlines for Singles and the self-esteem adventure series, Malia and Teacup Awesome African Adventure and Malia and Teacup Out on a Limb. Dr. Molly is a relationship and psychology expert host on progressiveradionnetwork.com and television guest.

Monday, July 30, 2007

Criticism? No comment. Relationship expert Dr. Molly Barrow

Sometimes a sharp comment or criticism does not require a defense or response. Use this technique only occasionally because too much passivity is not good for the relationship. If you have had a series of blow-ups, try this different approach. When you have been unfairly scolded, an effective solution is to allow the person doing the criticizing to live with their own words, without editing or reaction by you. That way your attacker cannot blame you for escalating the fight. You can continue your work or relaxation, even if your partner is looking for an argument. Your attacker may even come around with an apology... far more quickly then if you join him or her in a huge row.


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