Conflict Tip - Honor the Experience

How can you avoid minimizing your partner's feelings and honor your partner's experience?
You can do this by accepting that your partner’s reality is legitimate and worthy of exploring.

-Ask open-ended questions
-Open a door for your partner to clarify their experience and deepen your understanding.
-Try exploratory statements like: "Tell me more..." or "can you share a story of what that means to you?"

IN CONFLICT... Avoid minimizing your partner’s feelings. While this perhaps makes it an easier emotional experience for you, when you minimize your partner’s feelings, you’re communicating that you are an expert on t-2.png