Communication Cheat Sheet

By Dan Blair, a marriage counselor and family counselor.

If the goal of communication is to feel understood and cared for, use CAB.

C larify what the other person is saying or feeling, or make sense of what they are thinking, even if you disagree.

A sk for what you are wanting, or ask the other person to make sense of what you are feeling. Make multiple proposals. Don’t debate.

B oundaries make clear what you are not willing to do, but end with what you are willing to do. Meet in the middle.

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