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October 06th 2015:Family Talk When You Are All Grown Up: Parents and Adult Siblings

Closeness, rivalry, support, connection, control, criticism, jealousy, misunderstandings, misinterpretations of intent — what people want from family relationships and what they experience in them often fail to match. The way siblings talk to each other and listen to each other, or fail or refuse to do so, weighs heavily in how the relationships feel. What a mother says out of concern can easily sound like criticism to a daughter. Add the fact that men’s communication styles are very different from women’s, and you have the complicated, wonderful and terrible phenomenon of family. Dr. Tannen’s

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Deborah Tannen Ph.D

Deborah Tannen is best known as the author of “You Just Don't Understand: Women and Men in Conversation,” which was on The New York Times best seller list for nearly four years, including 8 months as #1. It brought gender differences in communication style to the forefront of public awareness. “I Only Say This Because I Love You: Talking to Your Parents, Partner, Sibs and Kids When You're All Adults” won an award. “You're Wearing THAT?: Understanding Mothers and Daughters in Conversation” and “You Were Always Mom’s Favorite!: Sisters in Conversation Throughout Their Lives,” were also NYT best sellers. Dr. Tannen has appeared on many TV and radio shows, including 20/20, The Colbert Report
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