Sep 22, 2020
We all have needs. We all have different ways we want our partners to treat us. But sometimes, when we express our needs and wants, it comes out as biting or accusatory, even if we didn’t mean for it to. And instead of getting what we wanted, we are met with defensiveness, if not blame. We can’t control how others receive us, but we can always control how we express our needs to our partners. It falls to us to be open to learning how we can better identify our needs and properly communicate them.
In this episode, I discuss different ways we can express our needs and wants to our partners without blaming or criticizing them. I explain why it’s important for us to know our own needs and explore why some people feel guilt or shame from having them. I also describe how we can use nonviolent communication as a tool to foster a conversation around our emotions and desires, as well as illustrate how we can encourage our partners to express their own needs.
“You have a responsibility to yourself and to your partner to be clear about your needs because you are an expert on what you want and what you need.” - Pripo Teplitsky
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Theme music “These Streets” provided by Adi the Monk