Listening to Understand

In today's column by Shelly Burr, she shares some tools of healthy relationships that can help us better understand and connect with each other.

Posted
April 23, 2021
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Listening to Understand

In today's column by Shelly Burr, she shares some tools of healthy relationships that can help us better understand and connect with each other.

Posted
April 23, 2021

Relationships of all kinds – romantic, family and friends – have been tested over the past year. In Texas, we have gone through a major freezing-weather event on top of a pandemic on top of an economic depression. Some of the daily stressors and annoyances that used to feel manageable now are causing added anxiety and increased conflict. Learning some of the tools of healthy relationships can help us better understand and connect with each other.

The old quote, “There are always two sides to every story,” is a good place to start. Subjective knowledge is based on individual perspective and how we experience the world – our thoughts, feelings and beliefs.

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Shelly Burr is a clinical social work intern at Jewish Family Service, where she specializes in treating individuals and couples struggling with mental health challenges. Burr has a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Houston-Downtown and currently is pursuing a Master’s of Social Work from the University of Houston. She is set to graduate in May 2021.

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