Levin: Getting to yes is hard when no is your first reaction

  • by: Ross Levin , Special to the Star Tribune
  • Updated: March 30, 2013 - 11:17 AM

In my marriage, I have developed an expertise: Saying no. I have become so adept at this that often I don’t need to actually say anything. I immediately cast a disapproving look when my wife suggests changing something that I know may enhance our lives. My face can shape-shift like a transformer. I may tense up, emitting a negative energy to counterbalance her positive energy. Unfortunately, this is a skill in search of an outcome.

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