However, this approach results in power struggles that produce high levels of resentment and hostility.
This can be tough because you might initially feel like a parrot repeating words.
Power struggles result when people try to avoid feeling powerless by attempting to force the other person to submit in some way.
If this approach is successful, it provides temporary relief of powerlessness.
Listening is key to being there for your partner, and it can be more challenging when you feel a strong desire to react or to defend yourself.
To keep the focus on your partner, think about these three skills: 1.