“I love you, but….” How do we handle criticism, even “constructive criticism” from people we care about? Often, not too well. That could be a problem with how it’s delivered, how we hear it, or both. Dr. Margaret discusses what makes critical feedback so difficult and offers ten ideas of how to get out of the rut of being overly critical, where nothing is learned and resentment is created. The listener email this week is from someone approaching the age of 40, and confronting painful emotions that come with introspection and aging.

Click here for “Marriage Is Not For Chickens,” and give the gift of honoring your own marriage, or the partnership of someone else you love.

Important links mentioned in the podcast:

 “How To Improve Your Marriage Without Talking About It,” (Authors Drs. Pat Love and Steve Stosny)


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My new book entitled Perfectly Hidden Depression has arrived and you can order here! Its message is specifically for those with a struggle with strong perfectionism which acts to mask underlying emotional pain. But the many self-help techniques described can be used by everyone who chooses to begin to address emotions long hidden away that are clouding and sabotaging your current life.

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