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Marriage Communication Roadblock #12

Comparing, putting down, dismissing. Ex: “Why can’t you be like (insert name)’s wife/husband?….” (My mother cooked potatoes this way…, My father could build a house…)


Marriage Communication Roadblock #11

Condescending, excusing, placating. Ex: “You are over-reacting, suck it up….” (Aww that’s too bad…, Take a pill or something…).


Marriage Communication Roadblock #10

Joking using sarcasm, kidding, teasing, making light of. Ex: “Why don’t you just shut up?….” (Stop crying…, So what makes you so smart?…).


Marriage Communication Roadblock #9

Diverting, avoiding, by-passing, disagreeing, shifting, silent treatment Ex: “Let’s not talk about it now?….” (Not at the dinner table…, That reminds me…).


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…).

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