In AON: Communication

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Dr. John Townsend is a New York Times best-selling author, leadership coach, and psychologist. He has written or co-written 27 books, selling 8 million copies, including the Boundaries series and The Entitlement Cure. He is a co-host of the nationally syndicated talk show New Life Live and is the founder of the Townsend Institute for Leadership and Counseling and the Townsend Leadership Program. He and his wife Barbi have two sons.



“We are more aware of negative things that trigger our partner and more open to seeing from each other’s point of view. We learned how to listen to each other, relate to how the other is feeling, and understand what they are trying to communicate.”

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In this episode, Dr. John Townsend—psychologist, leadership coach, and New York Times bestselling co-author of the Boundaries series—discusses the essential boundaries for a healthy relationship, including:

  1. What does a “boundary-less” life look like?

There are two necessary boundaries that make a great marriage: appropriate warmth, or emotional connectedness, and appropriate strictness, or rules of conduct.

  1. What are the two main boundary commandments?

Love and freedom must go together, and practice healthy confrontation with each other.

  1. What are the boundary myths?

First, establishing boundaries means your spouse does not love you. Secondly, setting boundaries is hard and will eventually destroy your marriage.What are the three contributing factors to the lack of boundaries in a marriage?

You may try never to disagree or tell the honest truth for fear of losing the relationship, you may experience a fear of anger, and you may anticipate guilt.

Also, Dr. Townsend will answer audience questions on a variety of topics, including dealing with a husband’s porn addiction, confronting a husband’s health issue, dealing with dishonesty in a dating relationship, and setting boundaries in a son’s relationship with his dad.


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