Communication

Communication and prostate cancer – Don’t blame

Communication involves sharing.  And relationships require give and take, especially when couples are coping with prostate cancer. But when things don’t go the way we want or expect them to, we may throw all of that out the window and look for someone to blame. Blaming often results in one partner feeling justified and the …

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Avoiding conversation – Some with prostate cancer do it

When a man with prostate cancer completely shuts down it can leave his wife or partner feeling desperate for conversation. For some wives and partners, anger and resentment builds to the point where they are ready to give up. Understand you’re different Talking sounds simple, but in fact, there are many factors that can make …

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Communicating effectively – With a man with prostate cancer

Communicating with a loved one with prostate cancer can be challenging for a variety of reasons. But if you think that your man should intuitively know — or even anticipate what you want or need — chances are your needs won’t get met.  Men are not mind-readers! If you want help or support from your …

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Communication: why is it so hard to understand each other?

Communication between women and men is hard enough. But it can be even more challenging when you add the stress, depression, and treatment side effects that often follow a diagnosis of prostate cancer. Part of the problem is that women and men have very different styles of communicating. Learn more by reading why women and men speak a different …

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Communication: – What men with prostate cancer hear

Communication issues sometime go like this: A wife wants her husband with prostate cancer to make healthier food choices.  She lovingly suggests: “Let’s go out for fish tonight.” He thinks: Why is she always ordering me around?  He then becomes irritable and she doesn’t know why. She was just making a suggestion.  Or was she? In …

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Anger and prostate cancer – What’s it really telling you?

Anger may not be the real reason that couples fight over  prostate cancer-related issues.  In her book, Hold me Tight, clinical psychologist Dr. Sue Johnson writes that beneath the anger, partners are actually crying out to each other, “Are you there for me?” Johnson suggests that partners want to know that they: Can count on one another …

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