Not showing your appreciation

It is important to remind your partner you appreciate them. 

This generates a warm and loving atmosphere as a backdrop to your relationship.

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Communication

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Practice paraphrasing instead of responding with nods, a-ha's, and yeah's. 

This type of communicating makes your partner feel like they are getting real attention and empathy.

For example:
If they are talking about a conflict they had at work say, “So it sounds like you are frustrated because your boss didn’t acknowledge how hard you worked on that project.”

Focusing on the person instead of the issue

Try to talk about the issue at hand and how it makes you feel.

For example:
“It makes me feel frustrated that you forgot what I wanted. Is there a way I can help you to remember next time?”

Serious conversations while emotional

It’s best to remain as rational as possible when tackling issues such as money, marriage, and family.

Write down the main points you want to discuss with your partner before starting the conversation. Or do something relaxing that you enjoy before having a serious talk. 

When someone else is speaking, we are often waiting for our opportunity to say what we think, rather than actually listening.

Don’t rush in. Consider what they’ve said, and think carefully before giving them your response.

You don’t lead by example

When you change your own habits for the better, your partner will pick up on it.

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Poor communication

The lack of communication is one of the main reasons for break-ups, divorces and for seeking couple therapy, according to studies.
Poor communication is also related to conflict-based conversations.

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Poorly-prepared presentations, reports, or emails frustrate your audience and can, over time, damage your reputation.

  • Set aside time to plan your communication thoroughly.
  • Create a credible, intelligent, and compelling message that emotionally and intellectually appeals to your audience.
  • Leave time to proofread and to finalize your presentation.
Common communication mistakes
  • Lack of attention to tone. No matter what the circumstances, learn to pay attention to tone. Before you speak, pause and take a breath.
  • One-size-fits-all communication. Different people have different needs and expectations.
  • Avoiding the difficult conversation.  Everybody faces conflict.Provide clear and actionable feedback, even when it is difficult for you.
  • Reacting instead of responding.  Before reacting with anger and frustration, pause to reflect.Then respond in stead of react.
  • Indulging in gossip. Leave no place for gossip if you want to be trusted and esteemed as a communicator.
  • Speaking more and listening less. When you listen more than you speak, you open yourself up to learning and empathy.
  • Thinking you are being understood. Take the time to check that people have understood your message.

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