As a conflict resolution expert, Barkes deal with this type of question weekly. Here are the top four problems:
1) Expectations – What are each person’s specific expectations about this process. Who will be responsible for what? How will bills be managed? What cleanliness standard is acceptable, etc.
2) Boundary Management – What is off limits? What do we have to report to each other about our timelines?
3) Relationship Goals – Who are we to each other now? What if anything changes?
4) Process Goals – How will things be done? Dishes, laundry, yard work, etc.
Solutions: Time to adjust. Patience and COMMUNICATION. Specifically META Communication – communication about communication.
Our brains like a happy medium between predictability and surprise. Maintaining both is super important to happiness.
Available for Interviews: Carol Barkes
Carol Barkes is a trend-setting mediator, business executive and educator specializing in the use of neuroscience to improve business performance, interpersonal communications, negotiation and conflict resolution processes for optimally successful results.
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