A postcard on healthy communication from CUAV
The other day I was at the Lex having a drink (okay, a couple of drinks) with some friends and I found a postcard on one of the tables from CUAV. Community United Against Violence.
I thought it was so great that I wanted to also share it here with you. You can also visit their website, at www.cuav.org though I didn’t see this info posted there. I altered some of the text to include polyamourous situations.
The front of the postcard has a cartoon brain and heart, having a conversation about love. I’d scan it and post it here, but it’s kindof got bar filth all over it which makes it hard to read. Really!
Front of the postcard:
Heart: Hey Brain, what does love mean?
Brain: Well Heart, love means different things to different people. It can mean trust, respect, boundaries, safety, communication. What do some of those things mean for you?
Heart: To me good communication means:
- Speaking using “I” statements (taking responsibility for feelings)
- Listening fully and attentively
- Responding instead of reacting
- Validating and acknowledging how someone is feeling
- Having important conversations at a time that is good for both people
Heart: Some of my boundaries are:
- I get to say “No”
- I prioritize myself
- I choose who I disclose my sexual and gender identity to
Back of the postcard:
Again, I would have scanned it and put the image here, but again, the postcard had seen better days…
Identity: all parts of your identity are affirmed and supported
Plans: you both like to be together and negotiate plans
Trust: you generally trust each other and can work through jealousy
Sex: mutual pleasure, boundaries, and good communication
Conflict: you have respectful conversations and work together for resolution
Safety: physical and emotional safety and comfort without any kind of violence
Identity: your identity is questioned and you are pressured to be more out
Plans: you feel pressured about how you spend your time
Trust: one or both people often feel jealous and accusatory
Sex: unclear boundaries, some pressure
Conflict: there is more defensiveness than real listening
Safety: breaking things, feeling scared
Identity: you are criticized, humilliated, or outed
Plans: your time is controlled by the other person(s)
Trust: lots of jealousy, possessiveness and controlling behaviors
Sex: manipulative or unwanted sex, disregarding needs or boundaries
Conflict: there is yelling, threats, and verbal abuse
Safety: threats to or actually hurt self, partner(s) or property one or more times