Do you get sucked into the same arguments with the same people? Like a broken record, there you are again, stuck in the same place.

It could be as superficial as the way you dress or as personal as the way you act. Perhaps, it’s their lack of empathy for what you’re going through or your unrealistic expectation of them to be different than they are.

Time wears away at relationships when its focused on disharmony. Your father may never agree with your choice in career. Your mother may never understand what it’s really like to have your illness. Your partner may not get why you overreact in certain circumstances. And though you try, you may never understand what your friend with PTSD is going through.

But if you value the relationship, there are ways to get past those differences. It doesn’t matter if you don’t share the same experiences. Empathy and validation will help you to be more understanding and feel more understood. As our bloggers share this week, they are the bridge that will connect you to anyone you’re currently in conflict with.

{Etsy art by Valerie Lorimer}

{Etsy art by Valerie Lorimer}

Empathy’s Important Relationship with PTSD
(After Trauma) – What a great reminder in the power and importance of friendship! According to this, the key to less post-traumatic stress symptoms rests on how much social support you have.

Reducing Conflict with Validation
(The Emotionally Sensitive Person) – Do you find yourself attacking, defending or responding in anger to loved ones? It’s a common reaction to fear. But doing so can hurt, not help your relationship. Read this example to learn how validation can diffuse a difficult situation and help you work together not against each other.

New Research on ADHD and Childhood Abuse
(ADHD from A to Zoë) – New research finds a surprising link between ADHD and child abuse. This post explains the possible connection and why experiencing early abuse may account for your severe ADHD symptoms.

Depression and Your Loved Ones
(Tales of Manic Depression) – When you’re depressed, the last thing you want to do is to feel guilty about responding to a text or answering a phone call. Here’s what you should (and should not be doing) when managing your depression.

Stressed to the Limit. No End in Sight.
(Parenting Tips) – Got stress? You’re far from being the only one. This post takes a deep look at stress, who is the most stressed and what causes us to get stressed out.