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LOST IN TRANSLATION

Do tricky discussions, or even seemingly innocuous exchanges, with your siblings get heated and turn into arguments? Here’s what to do to stop conversations escalating out of control...

STOP FIGHTING

1 LEARN HOW TO SEE THINGS MORE CLEARLY

‘We don’t have a choice about the circumstances that we are born into, but each of us has a say in the way we interpret life and how we describe it,’ says Rob Kendall in his book, Blamestorming: Why Conversations Go Wrong And How To Fix Them (Watkins Media, £8.99). ‘Our thinking tends to be negatively biased and we often focus on what’s wrong, rather than what’s right. It’s actually a highly effective survival mechanism that we carry with us from the distant past, to make sure we live to see another day.’ But it can be easy to create a story and become out of kilter with the reality of the situation.

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