Conditional Codependent Communication - Everyday People Cartoons

Conditional Communication Cartoon

I want to know what he's thinking.

I ask him to tell me what he's thinking.
He tells me.
It's entirely different from my perspective.
( I judge it as wrong).
I tell him that he is wrong in his thinking.
It seems that I didn't want to know what he was thinking.
He's frustrated, I'm frustrated.
I take a breath, I realize what I've done.
I do the inner work I need to do that allows me to allow others to be themselves
(Without my criticism).
I apologize.
He graciously accepts.
We continue.

Cartoon Caption

I like my man to express himself.
(as long as he's expressing what I want him to say)