Magazine article Psychology Today

The Epically Awkward Conversation

Magazine article Psychology Today

The Epically Awkward Conversation

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READING BETWEEN THE LINES WITH THOSE WE LOVE

LIFE OFFERS NO shortage of opportunities for interpersonal discomfort. When called on to offer negative feedback or concede my own weaknesses, I've surely been known to hesitate and vacillate.

But there is a different beast entirely-the epically, existentially awkward conversation. When the topic is sexuality, identity, or perceived inequality in a relationship, the conversation can be years in the making. And in the era of hookup ambiguity, whether one is even in a relationship is a loaded question in itself.

When you're ready to pull the trigger and have the talk, "Just Say It" by Carlin Flora offers the surest guide you'll ever need to this terrain (including where not to go). And if you've done your homework and the conversation is still going south, a knowledge of body language can help you reroute. In fraught exchanges, words and deeds are of equal importance. …

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