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Deborah Tannen Quotes

To say that a person feels listened to means a lot more than just their ideas get heard. Its a sign of respect. It makes people feel valued.
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Communication is a continual balancing act, juggling the conflicting needs for intimacy and independence. To survive in the world, we have to act in concert with others, but to survive as ourselves, rather than simply as cogs in a wheel, we have to act alone.

— Deborah Tannen

The allure of love is to have someone who knows you so well that you don't have to explain yourself. It is the promise of someone who cares enough about you to protect you against the world of strangers who do not wish you well.

— Deborah Tannen

Words can be like weapons of destruction: It takes so much effort, and the cooperation of so many people, to build something - and so little effort of so few to tear it down.

— Deborah Tannen

The key to conversation at work is flexibility and understanding how what you say might be perceived by others.

— Deborah Tannen

[T]he seeds of [the Argument Culture] can be found our classrooms, where a teacher will introduce an article or an idea ... setting up debates where people learn not to listen to each other because they're so busy trying to win the debate.

— Deborah Tannen

False dichotomies are often at the heart of discord.

— Deborah Tannen

Critiquing relieves you of the responsibility of doing integrative thinking.

— Deborah Tannen

Many women feel it is natural to consult with their partners at every turn, while many men automatically make more decisions without consulting their partners.

— Deborah Tannen

All conversation, in addition to whatever else it does, displays, and asks for recognition of, our competence.

— Deborah Tannen

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