Having Difficult Conversations

December 14, 2020

Two women looking away from each other upset under words that read "Having Difficult Conversations"

During stressful times, it can be challenging to have meaningful conversations about sensitive topics with friends and family. John Gottman’s years of research on successful relationships gives us insight into flooding, which can cause conversations to become unproductive, and how self-soothing and setting boundaries provides alternative strategies to help you stay connected and keep your cool when disagreeing with your closest friends and family.  


If you struggle implementing these concepts, the Employee Assistance Program (EAP) counselors can provide support. Make an appointment by calling 512-471-3366 or email eap@austin.utexas.edu