Partners often get off to a bad start in discussing their conflicts when they have a habit of starting conversations with a statement of criticism or contempt.
For example, when Partner A uses a "harsh start-up", automatically Partner B feels so defensive that he/she wont listen to Partner A, which may result in frustration and anger - increasing the chance that Partner A introduces his/her next complaint with criticism and contempt as well. This vicious cycle makes it nearly impossible for partners to solve problems.
The following quiz will help you determine weather a harsh start-up is harming your partnership.
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