Have you ever put your foot in your mouth? This can be an embarrassing and sometimes hurtful result of not slowing down to think before you speak.
There have been numerous times in my life I have found myself in this situation.
One thing I love about my job is the long-term relationships I establish with clients. It is common after doing intensive work for a time period with a client to have them contact me a year or two later for a “tune up” to work through an issue.
In these situations, out of habit, I have often said things like, “It’s so good to hear from you”, “How are you?”, or “It’s great to see you”.
When I really think about the situation, I remind myself that they are in my office because things are not good, and they probably wish they didn’t have to be in a position to come see me! Oops! It’s time to think before you speak Teri!
I encourage you to slow down and be intentional about the messages you send. This shows empathy for other’s feelings, and a genuine care and concern that someone “hears” the message you are trying to communicate.
Be careful! Not slowing down could end up in a hurtful miscommunication!
Written by Teri Claassen MSW, LCSW
Teri Claassen MSW, LCSW is a licensed therapist at Imagine Hope Counseling Group. Teri enjoys doing marriage counseling, individual counseling, couples and relationship counseling. Teri also does family counseling, child counseling, and adolescent counseling. Imagine Hope serves the Indianapolis area, including the surrounding areas of Carmel, Fishers, Noblesville, Zionsville, and Westfield.