I found this article on a blog I found, Lessons From the End of a Marriage, that hit home. Read it and see if it does for you.
Do you ever react defensively to someone’s words?
I know I do.
I’m the queen of, “Yeah, but” and “I can’t” and “You don’t understand.”
Someone says something that justifies my ex’s actions and I respond with anger and righteousness (actually, this is not so true anymore, but it was for a long time!).
Someone else tells me that I can make this whole elderly car thing work out for the best and I want to stomp my feet like a frustrated two-year-old and scream in indignation.
Even Brock is not immune. When giving advice on my new career in real estate based upon his years of successful sales experience, I felt myself shutting down and becoming defensive rather than receptive.
So why do I respond this way?
It’s certainly not adaptive.
But there is a reason.
In every one of these cases (and in countless…
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