The Soft Answer

Verbal T'ai Chi for sociable self-defense

Welcome to The Soft Answer sanctuary.

Here you will find a ready and welcome remedy from verbal aggression, a skillful yet gentle method that can change your conversations to win-win.

Have you ever found yourself in the middle of a conversation, meeting or family gathering, when suddenly you become uncomfortable? Things may have become unexpectedly confrontational; you may feel like you're being singled out, blamed, accused or criticized. Without warning, you find yourself at a loss for words or action, or worse, you take the bait, try to retaliate, and buy in to the battle.

As sisters and sisters-in-law with plenty of everyday experience in a wide range of family and interpersonal dynamics, we knew there had to be a better way to respond to verbal aggression, and we think we've found it.

Working together, we researched, tested methods and techniques, and then pooled our decades of collective experience in education, communication and T'ai Chi, to bring you The Soft Answer Verbal T'ai Chi, our system for sociable self defense.

We have found that bullying behaviors have a great weakness: they rely on our cooperation. Without our attention, aggression has nowhere to go. This makes it possible to find options for communication that fall outside of the fight or flight, win or lose paradigm. Instead, we go for win / win, and in so doing, we give aggressors a graceful way out and allow them the space to make better choices.

An even more delightful discovery for us has been that The Soft Answer Verbal T'ai Chi system is surprisingly contagious. If, when we are not at our best, someone extends a Soft Answer our way, we feel both grateful and released. What's more, it makes us more likely to offer a Soft Answer and a greacful way out to others when the tables are turned.

By learning the Soft Answer system of disempowering social and verbal aggression, you’re joining a grass-roots movement of generosity and forgiveness, and taking a step toward making the world a sweeter, more peaceful place.

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