Relationships

How To Have A Difficult Conversation

By Nicole Urdang | December 15, 2020
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No one enjoys the prospect of broaching a difficult topic with a relative, friend or colleague. It strikes anxiety into the most stalwart heart. But, there are times when it’s necessary if the relationship is to have a future. Here are a few tools to help structure a difficult conversation. I recommend sharing them with […]

The art of admitting fallibility.

By Nicole Urdang | July 8, 2020
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Whether we’re in the midst of a pandemic, political upheaval or merely the ups and downs of a normal day, there is something incredibly freeing about saying: I was wrong. I was mistaken. I didn’t understand. Every day, even if you’re not consciously paying attention, you are learning. Growing, learning, and being mistaken about things. […]

Why hold a grudge? Here are some good reasons.

By Nicole Urdang | March 11, 2019
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Why hold a grudge? Holding a grudge typically involves repeatedly reminding yourself how somebody wronged you and how they deserve your continued anger, disappointment, resentment, and retribution. It’s a unique self-inflicted pain requiring incessant internal reminders of being hurt by someone’s indifference, willful behavior, or obliviousness. Who would want to reignite the emotional distress of […]

How To Make Someone’s Day Much Better In Less Than A Minute. (And, that someone could be you.)

By Nicole Urdang | December 26, 2018
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This is the easiest self-help thing you can do, even though, at first, it looks as if you’re doing it for someone else. All you have to do is say something nice. There’s only one catch: You have to mean it. Surely, in almost all your daily wanderings you can find something nice to say […]

What Is Fluid Intimacy and How Can You Achieve It?

By Nicole Urdang | April 17, 2018
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What is fluid? Something that flows easily without much obstruction. Just as we want fluidity from the water in our faucets we also want it in our relationships, especially intimate ones. Intimacy implies a closeness beyond familiarity and generic caring. It’s when you know someone really well, you have shared a multitude of different experiences […]

Three tips for handling people who put you on the defensive

By Nicole Urdang | November 29, 2017
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Yesterday, I had an experience I’ve had many times in the course of my career. Someone said, “I wish you could be with me in situations when I don’t know what to say, get completely flustered, and end up down the rabbit hole of a conversation that is either difficult, contentious, or unproductive.” Spurred on […]