I Call the Shots: How Unequal Decision-Making Hurts

I Call the Shots: How Unequal Decision-Making Hurts

A few years ago, my co-worker’s husband bought a new sofa. To his dismay, instead of thanking him for his thoughtful purchase, she was upset. He’d charged it on a high-interest credit card without asking her, which explained her reaction. Unequal decision-making like...
How Emotions Affect Communication

How Emotions Affect Communication

It started innocently enough—but what should have been an easy conversation about our weekend plans turned into a difficult one. The resulting discussion was a good reminder of how emotions affect communication. In particular, it highlighted why it’s necessary to have...
Self-Awareness: Checking Emotional Gauges

Self-Awareness: Checking Emotional Gauges

One of the things I thought was cool about my first car (unfortunately, not the one pictured here) is that it had lots of gauges on the dash. In addition to the standard warning lights, it featured a gauge for the engine temperature, oil pressure, and alternator...