Anxiety is a normal reaction to stress and usually subsides when the stress goes away. Life is full of stressful events, some are positive (e.g. getting married, having a child) and some are negative (e.g. difficult work situations, experiencing loss). Sometimes we don’t realize how stressed we are until we start experiencing anxiety. So anxiety can be a way for your body to alert you that something is wrong and needs attention.
Although we usually think of communication as speaking, a major part of it is listening. And listening is not always as easy as it sounds. Meaning is derived not only from words but from voice inflection or tone, context, and facial expressions. When some or all are missing, misunderstanding can occur.
In phone conversations there are no facial expressions to read. In Email/Text - there are no facial expressions or voice inflections or tone. Emojis can help, but they too can be misunderstood.
One pattern that plays out in many marriages goes like this: A conversation turns into an argument. One partner tries to stop the argument by retreating, sometimes to another room. The other partner pursues and insists on continuing the argument. Eventually the first partner erupts in anger and says things s/he later regrets.
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