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Featured Psychology Today Post: 5 Common Mistakes When Engaging Someone Who Won't Talk

by Dr. Lynn Margolies

 

People make similar mistakes that are not so obvious when trying to engage someone who doesn’t want to talk. Considering the audience and previous interactions with them allows us to predict how conversations will play out and make informed decisions. Good timing is observing the other person's mood and state of mind, and getting their consent before launching a question or statement.

Check out my Psychology Today post for the answers. (Click below):

Most people are familiar with the frustration of trying to start a conversation with a spouse, teen, or young adult child who doesn’t want to talk. Invariably, people make similar strategic and psychological mistakes that perpetuate resistance and disconnection but are not so obvious. It’s telling that there can even be the impression of having carried out the recommended approach, while a closer examination of what was said reveals the subtle but fatal flaws and blind spots that led to defeat.

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