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10 Things Only People Labeled As ‘Good Girls’ Will Understand

10 Things Only People Labeled As ‘Good Girls’ Will Understand

People labeled as ‘good girls’ often get misrepresented in stereotypical ways, with the media perpetuating incorrect assumptions about how they act and what they believe. They are often seen as people who always get along with everyone and would not dare to do anything that wasn’t prim and proper. Here are ten points about this often misunderstood group that will help set the record straight once and for all.

1. You sometimes procrastinate

Being seen as the good girl, people believe that you always finish your projects on time or before the deadline. What they do not know is that, on occasion, you have been known to put off a project until the very last minute and a couple of times you almost had to ask your boss for an extension on a project.

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2. You have received a bad grade before

In school you were often labeled as the teacher’s pet and were known as the person that would always do whatever they could to receive extra credit. What people didn’t know then is that on a few occasions you decided to party instead of study- and the results of this were obvious when you got your mid-term back. You don’t regret it now, though, because you know it’s important to have a balance between work and play- and you know you pulled through okay in the end.

3. You have gossiped before

There is a common misconception that so-called ‘good girls’ never say anything bad about others, but you know this isn’t true. You might have a saintly image, but you’ve participated in your fair share of talking about others behind their backs. But you have always immediately regretted it afterwards.

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4. You are attracted to a variety to men

Being seen as a good girl, people make the assumption that you look for a significant other who has a similar personality to you. You know this isn’t true, because the roster of men that you have dated come from a wide-range of cultures, religions and socio-economic backgrounds. You would not have it any other way.

5. You often disagree with your parents

Good girls are often seen as being best friends with their mothers or as being ‘daddy’s girls’. You are proof that this isn’t true, because you are not really close with either of your parents and only see them when necessary (like the holidays).

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6. You love traveling to off the beaten path destinations

There is a common misconception that good girls do not like to do anything adventurous. This is simply not true, as evidenced by your passport filled with many stamps from around the world. Many of these places have been truly off the beaten path destinations.

7. You have had your share of flings

Good girls are known for having long-term boyfriends, but you know this is just not always the case. You have had your fair share of one-night stands and summer romances, along with long-term relationships. It is all about balance.

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8. You love breaking stereotypes

You realize there are many things that people assume about you, but you love proving them wrong. You love seeing people’s faces when you tell them that you have a black belt in karate or that you have climbed Mount Kilimanjaro!

9. You know how to take care of yourself

Good girls are known to always politely decline a second serving of food, or wait for their Price Charming to come along and help them to fix a clogged drain. This definitely doesn’t fit the description of who you are. You can change a flat tire or clean out the garbage disposal as well as any handyman.

10. You know when you need to sincerely apologize

Good girls are often known for over-apologizing- even when it isn’t their fault. Despite this, you know the importance of recognizing when you truly need to say sorry and acknowledging that you know you are at fault.

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Last Updated on May 21, 2019

How to Communicate Effectively in Any Relationship

How to Communicate Effectively in Any Relationship

For all our social media bravado, we live in a society where communication is seen less as an art, and more as a perfunctory exercise. We spend so much time with people, yet we struggle with how to meaningfully communicate.

If you believe you have mastered effective communication, scan the list below and see whether you can see yourself in any of the examples:

Example 1

You are uncomfortable with a person’s actions or comments, and rather than telling the individual immediately, you sidestep the issue and attempt to move on as though the offending behavior or comment never happened.

You move on with the relationship and develop a pattern of not addressing challenging situations. Before long, the person with whom you are in relationship will say or do something that pushes you over the top and predictably, you explode or withdraw completely from the relationship.

In this example, hard-to-speak truths become never- expressed truths that turn into resentment and anger.

Example 2

You communicate from the head and without emotion. While what you communicate makes perfect sense to you, it comes across as cold because it lacks emotion.

People do not understand what motivates you to say what you say, and without sharing your feelings and emotions, others experience you as rude, cold or aggressive.

You will know this is a problem if people shy away from you, ignore your contributions in meetings or tell you your words hurt. You can also know you struggle in this area if you find yourself constantly apologizing for things you have said.

Example 3

You have an issue with one person, but you communicate your problem to an entirely different person.

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The person in whom you confide lacks the authority to resolve the matter troubling you, and while you have vented and expressed frustration, the underlying challenge is unresolved.

Example 4

You grew up in a family with destructive communication habits and those habits play out in your current relationships.

Because you have never stopped to ask why you communicate the way you do and whether your communication style still works, you may lack understanding of how your words impact others and how to implement positive change.

If you find yourself in any of the situations described above, this article is for you.

Communication can build or decimate worlds and it is important we get it right. Regardless of your professional aspirations or personal goals, you can improve your communication skills if you:

  • Understand your own communication style
  • Tailor your style depending on the needs of the audience
  • Communicate with precision and care
  • Be mindful of your delivery, timing and messenger

1. Understand Your Communication Style

To communicate effectively, you must understand the communication legacy passed down from our parents, grandparents or caregivers. Each of us grew up with spoken and unspoken rules about communication.

In some families, direct communication is practiced and honored. In other families, family members are encouraged to shy away from difficult conversations. Some families appreciate open and frank dialogue and others do not. Other families practice silence about substantive matters, that is, they seldom or rarely broach difficult conversations at all.

Before you can appreciate the nuance required in communication, it helps to know the familial patterns you grew up with.

2. Learn Others Communication Styles

Communicating effectively requires you to take a step back, assess the intended recipient of your communication and think through how the individual prefers to be communicated with. Once you know this, you can tailor your message in a way that increases the likelihood of being heard. This also prevents you from assuming the way you communicate with one group is appropriate or right for all groups or people.

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If you are unsure how to determine the styles of the groups or persons with whom you are interacting, you can always ask them:

“How do you prefer to receive information?”

This approach requires listening, both to what the individuals say as well as what is unspoken. Virgin Group CEO Richard Branson noted that the best communicators are also great listeners.

To communicate effectively from relationship to relationship and situation to situation, you must understand the communication needs of others.

3. Exercise Precision and Care

A recent engagement underscored for me the importance of exercising care when communicating.

On a recent trip to Ohio, I decided to meet up with an old friend to go for a walk. As we strolled through the soccer park, my friend gently announced that he had something to talk about, he was upset with me. His introduction to the problem allowed me to mentally shift gears and prepare for the conversation.

Shortly after introducing the shift in conversation, my friend asked me why I didn’t invite him to the launch party for my business. He lives in Ohio and I live in the D.C. area.

I explained that the event snuck up on me, and I only started planning the invite list three weeks before the event. Due to the last-minute nature of the gathering, I opted to invite people in the DMV area versus my friends from outside the area – I didn’t want to be disrespectful by asking them to travel on such short notice.

I also noted that I didn’t want to be disappointed if he and others declined to come to the event. So I played it safe in terms of inviting people who were local.

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In the moment, I felt the conversation went very well. I also checked in with my friend a few days after our walk, affirmed my appreciation for his willingness to communicate his upset and our ability to work through it.

The way this conversation unfolded exemplified effective communication. My friend approached me with grace and vulnerability. He approached me with a level of curiosity that didn’t put me on my heels — I was able to really listen to what he was saying, apologize for how my decision impacted him and vow that going forward, I would always ask rather than making decisions for him and others.

Our relationship is intact, and I now have information that will help me become a better friend to him and others.

4. Be Mindful of Delivery, Timing and Messenger

Communicating effectively also requires thinking through the delivery of the message one intends to communicate as well as the appropriate time for the discussion.

In an Entrepreneur.com column, VIP Contributor Deep Patel, noted that persons interested in communicating well need to master the art of timing. Patel noted,[1]

“Great comedians, like all great communicators, are able to feel out their audience to determine when to move on to a new topic or when to reiterate an idea.”

Communicating effectively also requires thoughtfulness about the messenger. A person prone to dramatic, angry outbursts should never be called upon to deliver constructive feedback, especially to people whom they do not know. The immediate aftermath of a mass shooting is not the ideal time to talk about the importance of the Second Amendment rights.

Like everyone else, I must work to ensure my communication is layered with precision and care.

It requires precision because words must be carefully tailored to the person with whom you are speaking.

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It requires intentionality because before one communicates, one should think about the audience and what the audience needs in order to hear your message the way you intended it to be communicated.

It requires active listening which is about hearing verbal and nonverbal messages.

Even though we may be right in what we say, how we say it could derail the impact of the message and the other parties’ ability to hear the message.

Communicating with care is also about saying things that the people in our life need to hear and doing so with love.

The Bottom Line

When I left the meeting with my dear friend, I wondered if I was replicating or modeling this level of openness and transparency in the rest of my relationships.

I was intrigued and appreciative. He’d clearly thought about what he wanted to say to me, picked the appropriate time to share his feedback and then delivered it with care. He hit the ball out of the park and I’m hopeful we all do the same.

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