Combing through my growing collection of clippings from news, magazines, etc., I found this keeper from Carolyn Hax, who offers relationship advice through her regular column with the Washington Post.
Carolyn really understands how people think, act, and operate in relationships of all types, and her column is sharp, witty, and bang-on-target. Read it regularly. Take her ideas on board. Try them out. I bet you’ll find your life gets better. Really.
Way back in November, 2007, Carolyn had this to say about what we should do when we find ourselves wishing we could read someone’s mind…
“…[U]se this formula: Stop, think, ask, wait. “Think” means you entertain all possible conclusions, instead of just jumping to one; “ask” means you don’t accuse; “wait” means you back off far enough to leave people room for an honest response.”
Sounds like good advice to me!