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Ask Dr. Tseday: January 18, 2009

AG from Norfolk, VA asks: I have a very stressful job. As a manager, I’m expected to solve everyone’s problem and be productive at the same time. At the end of the day, I find myself exhausted and angry because my boss has no sympathy. When I get home, the littlest thing sets me off and I go off on my husband. He’s suppose to understand how difficult my day was, but he doesn’t. He’s not supportive. How do I get him to listen?

Dr. Tseday responds: Your husband’s responsibility is to listen and comfort you, but not when you’re going off. He’s not there to be yelled at or receive the end of whatever happened elsewhere. If you want him to listen, check your emotions at the door and walk into the house with a pleasant mood. You can then talk to him calmly and share what happened without the nastiness.

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Dr. Tseday is a clinical psychologist and one of the country's leading experts in marriage, relationships, and self development. She advocates a unique and at times controversial approach to the dynamics of marriage and personal development, the necessary element for a successful relationship. Read more »

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