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Marriage Communication Roadblock #8

Questioning, probing, cross-examining, prying, interrogating Ex: “Why have you been spending so much time on the phone with Andre?….” (Who…Where…When…How…What…?).


Marriage Communication Roadblock #7

Diagnosing, psychoanalyzing. reading-in, offering insights, interpreting. Ex: “Normal people don’t do things like that….” (You’re just trying to get attention…, I know what you need…).


Marriage Communication Roadblock #6

Evaluating, judging negatively, disapproving, blaming, name-calling. Ex: “Be a man/woman!….” (What’s wrong with you…., The house looks like crap…).


Marriage Communication Roadblock #5

Advising, recommending, providing answers or solutions without being asked to. Ex: “What I would do if I were you….?” (Why don’t you…, Let me suggest…).


Marriage Communication Roadblock #4

Persuading with logic, arguing, instructing, lecturing. Ex: “Don’t you know people with self respect don’t do….?” (Here’s why you’re wrong…, It would be best for you).


Marriage Communication Roadblock #3

Moralizing, preaching, obliging. Ex: “You should have told him/her…..” (It is your responsibility…).


Marriage Communication Roadblock #2

Warning, Threatening, Admonishing. Examples are: “You better be home right after work.” (If you don’t then….).


Marriage Communication Roadblock #1

Directing, ordering or commanding. Examples are: “You have my dinner ready by 7:30 pm.” (You have to…, You will…).  This would be a sure way of going hungry in my house, IJS.

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