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How to Defuse Heated Arguments Before They Spiral Out of Control

When you’re in a heated argument, it’s easy to lose control of yourself quickly. We often say something we don’t really mean. We do something we immediately regret. And we damage trust and respect in a way that’s hard to gain back. These are the potential costs of the arguments we get into. The more […]

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3 Games People Play to Avoid Taking Responsibility

We often play many games between ourselves and others. But by “games” I don’t mean sports, or video games, or board games. Instead “games” are a form of dishonest communication – usually with ulterior motives involved. In Eric Berne’s influential work Games People Play, a “game” is defined as a set of ulterior transactions with […]

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Small Talk vs. Big Questions: How to Build a Deep Connection With Anyone

When I look back on my life, the times when I’ve built the deepest connections with people are when we just sit and talk about the “big questions” in life. How do you picture a perfect society? What are your big goals in life? What do you think are your biggest strengths and weaknesses? What’s […]

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The Power of “10 Second” Relationships

Every time we leave our homes, there is opportunity for social interaction. This is true even if it’s just something small – like talking to the cashier at a grocery store, or saying “Hi” to a neighbor, or complimenting someone’s shirt who you see on the bus or train. Many of us try to ignore […]

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The Importance of Selling Yourself

Selling yourself is something that everyone needs to learn. Whether we are trying to get a job, or get a date, or get a gig for our new band – our lives are filled with situations where we are seeking to persuade someone or “win them over.” Often times “selling” comes with negative connotations. We […]

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