Deborah tannen understanding mom

Not every mother or daughter can have a great relationship, but it reminds us that words have power and they impact us in tremendous ways. But people frequently differ on how to interpret the words, because interpretations depend on metamessages—the meaning gleaned from how something is said, or from the fact that it is said at all.

What I liked best was how the author an expert in communications and linguistics took apart the conversations she studied and could explain all points of view.

Tannen herself felt abandoned by her older sisters when they went off to college and got married. But the mother thinks she may have made an innocent comment, and the daughter has changed it.

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It applies to any form of mother-daughter relationship regardless if there is a blood relation. We expect more from this relationship, causing it to resonate with us the longest. A woman wrote to me who grew up in Guyana.

Deborah tannen understanding mom

And even more so on the youngest sister when the middle sister left too. Tannen says after all her research, she is now very sympathetic and understanding to the plight of oldest sisters. One family said, one time the mother was giving a recipe and she was so detailed the daughter said, 'You know, I think I know you should sift the flour without your telling me,' so whenever she feels her mother is giving her too much advice she says, 'It's like the cake recipe, Mom. Makes perfect sense although again, had never occurred to me before. With groundbreaking insights, pitch-perfect dialogues, and deeply moving memories of her own mother, Tannen untangles the knots daughters and mothers can get tied up in. While I lived in New York I was in therapy for a bit everyone was. One mother said her mantra is 'Don't advise, don't criticize. Everyone usually agrees on this. And why do they scrutinize each other for reflections of themselves? I have been talking about this book for days to anyone who will listen. Communication has broadened where people do not only have to rely on face-to-face communication or letter writing.

One family said, one time the mother was giving a recipe and she was so detailed the daughter said, 'You know, I think I know you should sift the flour without your telling me,' so whenever she feels her mother is giving her too much advice she says, 'It's like the cake recipe, Mom.

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