Using “Radical Acceptance” on Wrongful Accusations

*Why radically accepting estranged adult child’s accusations decreases conflict…   Radical acceptance is a cognitive–behavioral attitude first coined by the American Vipassana Tradition of Buddhism and adopted by psychologist Marsha Linehan. Linehan incorporated the principles of radical acceptance and mindfulness into her theory of Dialectical Behavior Therapy.   I’m a fan.   How does dialectical […]

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How to Complain

Pick the right time: 
Many people believe they should be able to complain whenever they feel like it. And, of course, like so much in marriage and relationships, you’re free to do it whenever you want. But, if your goal is to have a happy, healthier relationship then you have to pay attention to what […]

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The Limitations of Love, Empathy, and Compassion

In general, our dispositions of love, empathy and compassion for our adult children are important not only as directives of healthy parenting, but, as a way to chart a productive course around potential or ongoing conflicts. But at some point, those emotions can become maladaptive, because, left unreciprocated, they’re filtered through the self-critical lens of […]

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