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July 16, 2009

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Andy

This is good, Brad!

Reuben Smith

Great blog post!

SarahMae

Good tips. FYI really think you hit the mark with don't enable dysfunction and follow-up.

Craig T. Owens

“When I ask you to listen and you start giving advice, you have not done what I have asked. When I ask you to listen to me and you begin to tell me why I shouldn’t feel that way, you are trampling on my feelings. When I ask you to listen and you feel you have to do something to solve my problems, you have failed me, strange as it may seem. Listen! All I asked was that you listen; not talk or do – just hear me… I can do for myself. I’m not helpless. Maybe discouraged and faltering, but not helpless. When you do something for me that I can and need to do for myself, you contribute to my fear and feeling of inadequacy. But when you accept as fact that I do feel what I feel, no matter how irrational, then I can quit trying to convince you and can get about the business of understanding what’s behind this irrational feeling. And when that’s clear, the answers are obvious and I don’t need advice.” – Dr. Ralph Houghton, M.D.

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