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Ending the Family Feud (in Best You, Aviva Insurance)

November 14, 2012 | By | Reply Continue Reading
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Feuds are legendary—Cain and Abel, the Hatfields and McCoys—but at the same time all too real for some families. Even if you’re not directly involved, long-term fighting can take a toll on every family member’s health. Here’s what you can do to encourage reconciliation.

This article provides some tips for diffusing feuds including resisting the temptation to choose sides. You’ll never win.

Doing so is the quickest way to not only extend the fight, but also to give one or both parties additional ammunition to use against each other. It is worth helping family members see each other’s point of view as long as you tread lightly, says Irene S. Levine, Ph.D., professor of psychiatry at NYU School of Medicine and the author of The Friendship Blog. “If one side is clearly wrong, you may want to give that person feedback. But if they still remain divided, you may have to accept that you won’t be able to change that person’s attitudes,” she says.”

Read the entire article here.

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