Coping with Another Socially Isolated Winter

The U.S. is entering yet another winter of social distancing and isolation. Do you feel like you’ve used up your coping strategies and are out of ideas? Here are a few new ones to try, backed by recent research.  A couple of weeks ago, I was on a panel of researchers who studied communication and relationships during the COVID-19 pandemic. We were asked to speak about what we had learned … Continue reading Coping with Another Socially Isolated Winter

Why Family Hurt Is So Painful

Not only does it feel especially painful when our family members hurt us, it actually is more painful than when friends hurt us. According to Anita Vangelisti, a professor of communication at the University of Texas at Austin, hurt is a feeling of emotional injury which can be caused by communication. Family hurt is especially painful for a few reasons. 1. We hold cultural beliefs that our family members will … Continue reading Why Family Hurt Is So Painful