Tips for Being Kind to Yourself How to Stop Being Too Hard on Yourself

Tips for Being Kind to Yourself: How to Stop Being Too Hard on Yourself

Sometimes, we can be hard on ourselves, always pointing out our mistakes and feeling bad about them. This is especially the case when we are engaged in difficult conversations or negotiations and when we have to give negative feedback. Self-doubt and self-analysis creep in. It is tough to completely stop this self-criticism, but we can try to make it quieter …

The Balcony Strategy: A Powerful Technique for Enhancing Difficult Conversations by Violet Dhu

Maintaining an open perspective during challenging conversations can be quite difficult. One effective tool that I highly recommend is the “balcony strategy,” popularised by negotiation expert William Ury in his book “Getting to Yes.” This technique involves mentally stepping back from the situation, similar to observing a dance performance from a balcony, in order to gain a new perspective and …

How to Stop Being Passive-Aggressive by Violet Dhu

Passive-aggressive behavior is a frustrating and destructive pattern that can harm relationships and create conflicts at work. Recognising and addressing this behavior is crucial for personal growth and developing healthier connections. In this article, we will explore strategies supported by research for overcoming passive-aggressive behavior and building more constructive relationships. Recognizing Passive-Aggressive Behavior in One’s Self Passive-aggressive behavior can manifest …

Setting Non-negotiable Boundaries by Violet Dhu

Setting non-negotiable boundaries in the workplace can be challenging, but it’s essential for creating a safe, productive, and fulfilling work environment. However, figuring out which boundaries to set and how to make them relevant to you can be challenging.  That’s why it is important to learn to understand your personal values and communication style. Identifying your core values and communicating …

The Role of Body Language and Nonverbal Communication when Having Difficult Conversations by Violet Dhu

Effective communication is a vital aspect of any healthy relationship, whether it is personal or professional. However, having difficult conversations can be challenging, and emotions can often run high. In such situations, nonverbal communication plays a crucial role in conveying emotions and messages. Body language and nonverbal cues can often speak louder than words and can have a significant impact …

Understanding and Managing Emotions During Difficult Conversations by Violet Dhu

The importance of emotional intelligence:  Understanding and managing emotions during difficult conversations is a crucial aspect of emotional intelligence. Emotional intelligence allows individuals to recognise and regulate their own emotions, as well as understand and respond to the emotions of others. Emotions play a key role in communication and can greatly impact the outcome of a difficult conversation. Understanding your …