We’ve all felt the need to blame our partner for something going wrong in the relationship. Why do we retreat to negative emotional habits so easily? Dr. Steven Stosny explains how our toddler brain takes over and can cause us to react with blame, denial and avoidance during conflict. Listen to today’s show to avoid falling into that trap, and learn how to better react to improve your relationship.

In this episode we discuss relationship advice topics that include:

  • Learn why we retreat to our ‘toddler brain’ of emotional reactivity and how to avoid this.
  • How to create new positive emotional responses that will benefit your relationship.
  • The importance of communicating at least 5 positives for every negative communication.
  • How to prevent defensiveness from your partner and communicate in the most productive manner.
  • Focusing on how you want to feel to help create the emotional changes you need.
  • And much more!

Steven Stosny, Ph.D., is the founder of CompassionPower. His current book is Empowered Love and he has published over five others. He has treated over 6,000 clients for various forms of anger, abuse, and violence. He has appeared on “The Oprah Winfrey Show,” “The Today Show,” “CBS Sunday Morning,” many CNN shows, and in the New York Times, Washington Post, U.S. News & World Report, WSJ, Esquire, Cosmopolitan, O, Psychology Today, USA Today. He has taught at the University of Maryland and at St. Mary’s College of Maryland. His blog on psychologytoday.com has nearly 12 million views.

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