Jul 15 / Simcha

Criticism: Kiss of Death

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Can it be said enough times?  Criticizing, nagging, fault-finding, accusing — these are behaviors that represent the largest predictors of divorce.  While partners often nag, criticize and point fingers as a way to ask for help with housework or childcare or to urge a partner to be more responsible with money, it is an ineffective way to communicate needs and wishes.  It instead leads to a “shutting down” that deepens resentment, estrangement and disconnection.

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