Monday, May 14, 2012

Discussion & Dialogue

Years ago, a fellow named Ruel Howe wrote a remarkable book called The Miracle of Dialogue. He talked about the two forms of communication: discussion and dialogue.

He said discussion is a head-level enterprise. It is the sharing of thoughts, plans, and values.

Dialogue, Howe said, is an emotion-level communication. It is about feelings, fears, and needs.

Dialogue is the one which is absolutely necessary for a marriage to survive and flourish. Marriages fall apart not because of intellectual problems, but because of emotional problems.

What blood is to the body, dialogue is to the soul.

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