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What She's Really Saying

When I'm talking to my sister, I feel like she's not really telling me what she's thinking. I'll notice an uptick in her voice, or a facial smirk. I'll repeat the question, and ask if something's on her mind, but to no avail. What do I do? -- Confused Carl

Continue to be direct with her.  Don't assume an antagonistic tone -- but gently explain to her that you truly value her opinion and want to know what she thinks.

Dear Carl,

Unfortunately unclear communication occurs all too often.  Luckily for you, the person sharing this conversation with you is your sister.

Continue to be direct with her.  Don't assume an antagonistic tone -- but gently explain to her that you truly value her opinion and want to know what she thinks.

Just be prepared that, if she has been holding back, she may have something to say you don't initially like.

-- M

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