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Chad says that his partner always overreacts when criticized. What do you tell him to do?

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  • Chad should ask his partner if there is any emotional history there; does it trigger a memory? Then they can work on finding less difficult ways to bring up problems when they know why he reacts so strongly.

  • That’s just how men are. They don’t like to be criticized.

  • I suggest he take a look at when he’s criticizing his partner: Is it during otherwise stressful times? Bring up issues during a calm, easy time.

  • He might have to pick and choose which problems he brings up in his relationship if the reaction isn’t worth it.

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