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As loved-ones draw near this Thanksgiving, there may come a temptation to talk politics. If among mixed company, one might find themselves in a tough spot: especially when emotions run high.
One KPCC listener has been dreading political conversations with her family, so Take Two brought in Dr. Yvonne Thomas to talk her through it.
To listen to this story please visit: http://www.scpr.org/programs/take-two/2016/11/23/53236/breaking-bread-butting-heads-politics-could-make-t/
Good communication is an essential skill that can lead to satisfying connections and understanding if done correctly. Unfortunately, when it is not done right, communication issues can lead to misunderstandings, rifts, and eventually even break-ups if not dealt with soon enough or properly. In my practice in which I work with adult individuals and also do couples counseling, I frequently have clients with communication problems in their personal and/or professional lives which are causing them frustration and upset. On the surface, good communication seems like it should be pretty easy. In actuality, it involves many steps and is quite complex, which is why it is hard to do in a healthy, effective manner.
EXCERPT: You’re Having a Baby & Your Friend’s Not. Set the precedent NOW — before your little one arrives — to send out one text or email a week (at least!) to see how your BFF is doing. “Paying attention and inquiring about your friend’s welfare helps the friendship stay on track where it’s still about the two of you, rather than just about you and your impending baby,” explains Yvonne Thomas, Ph.D., a Los Angeles–based psychologist specializing in relationships.
EXCERPT: Let’s say you can’t make it to your friend’s baby shower and host 10 friends for dinner and squeeze in a power yoga class and finish your taxes this weekend. Is your reaction, “Oh well, that’s too much for any sane person to accomplish anyway. Whatevs.” Or is it: “What the hell is wrong with me? I’m a failure!”
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EXCERPT: You know that saying, “You’re your own worst enemy”? Unfortunately, most of us take it to heart far more than that other well-worn cliché, “Be your own best friend.”
“Women tend to be more in touch with their emotions than men, and that cuts across the whole array — happy, sad, angry, and feeling inadequate,” explains Yvonne Thomas, PhD, a Los Angeles–based psychologist whose specialties include self-esteem and relationships.
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Through the years as a psychologist, I have worked with many single men and women who have found that trying to date in Southern California is not easy. Even though there are seemingly so many potential candidates here, people often are too busy or too disconnected from each other or are exposed to so many “choices” it can be hard to pick the “one.” Actually, I remember reading an article years ago which noted that there may be around 39,000 “one’s” in the world that are right for each person, which gives everyone much better odds and much more hope in finding the right person than if there truly was just only one.
In working with my single men and women clients, here are some observations and tips which can make the whole dating experience more healthy and less frustrating: Continue reading
EXCERPT: One of the biggest deal-breakers in a relationship? Communication. As in, a LACK of it. It makes sense, really. How are you supposed to live happily ever after with someone who grunts “Eh” every time you ask a question? Might have been the norm back in caveman days, but it’s kind of lame now. Still, even in this touchy-feely day and age, “some men are trained to be stoic and ‘tough,'” says Yvonne Thomas, PhD, a psychologist in Los Angeles, California, whose specialties include relationships.
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