A passing thought:
Conversations will be more meaningful and less tense if we ‘talk the same language.’ That sounds so obvious and easy to do, but how many of us actually do it?
It’s tempting when we’re keen to get our point across, to charge ahead; then get annoyed with the other person when we’ve misunderstood the conversation, or we think we’ve understood the conversation and the other person thinks we haven’t, then we end up talking at cross-purposes.
If we listened carefully instead of fretting about what we were going to use as our next response, we’d more likely understand the conversation. We’d finally be speaking and listening on the same wavelength.