Have you put off a difficult conversation in one of your important relationships? Here’s what happened for one woman I know, the longer she put off confronting what was on her mind:
The longer I waited to confront the situation, the more my emotions and thoughts got away from me. My thoughts about what happened got jumbled and dramatic. My emotions got more complicated. So then I put off the conversation because I didn’t think I could address it clearly.
It was paralyzing. Having the difficult conversation might have been hard, but not having it was far worse in the long run. All those missed opportunities just break my heart.
Conversational paralysis. Conflict avoidance. Fear of confronting. Whatever you call it, the conversation that goes on in your head is often far worse than the real thing.