Making use of this PRP is one of the ways that you can show care for your spouse. It’s also a great way to show that you have discretion—you know how to respond appropriately and adapt to the environment. So, if there is a challenging topic, or if you’re upset about something and the two of you happen to be a function or get-together with your spouses’ co-workers, you can show great care for your mate by not bringing up the topic in that environment. By choosing to bring up that challenging topic at a different time it also shows that you have the ability to use discretion. It demonstrates that you are aware that brining up a challenging topic while your spouse in trying to interact with their co-workers can have a negative impact on their personal and professional reputation.
When you’re considering bringing up a challenging topic, here are some things to consider: (1) Will this discussion have a negative impact on my mate’s personal reputation? Will my spouse be seen in a negative light as a result of what I might say? (2) Will my spouse’s professional reputation be negatively impacted by what I am considering saying? (3) Will it impact the promotion that my mate is being considered for?
Today’s passionate relationship principle (PRP) is this: When Bringing up a Challenging Topic Consider the Environment.
Dr. Simon Whittaker – The Relationship Doctor at Center for Passionate Relationships (CPR)