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Deescalate with a Different Perception

Several commercials and programs are using humor – an age old technique in the advertising business – to portray misunderstandings and clearly a pattern of interaction too familiar to couples. One starts out with the husband coming home with an affectionate greeting and his wife sitting on the sofa with her legs propped up eating soup. She says, “The flame is out.” He responds with defeat, ‘today, it’s my attitude, tomorrow, her mother, ….”. She says, “Antonio, the stove, it’s not working…” Clearly, their perceptions were 180 degrees apart!

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