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Tips For Communicating With Your Partner More Effectively

     Communication is key for a successful relationship and involves exchanging information between two or more people. When it comes to dating, you should be open to learning how your partner best communicates and vice versa. I’ve learned that dating is a beautiful starting point for learning how to effectively communicate.  I’ve noticed how effective communication with my partner has even helped to improve my communication skills with others. Some of the skills I’ve found helpful for better communicating with my partner include openness and caring.

     Openness is vital for a relationship where two parties are able to communicate well.  It involves our willingness to share details about our personality, our likes, our dislikes, work, and personal life. In a relationship, each person should be willing to share their time and effort when it comes to communicating. If you’re like me, sharing intimate details about yourself with others may be difficult.  

     A strategy I found helpful was communicating to my partner the level of comfort I tend to struggle with in this area. People tend to become more open with others when they sense that the person really cares. In my case, once I knew that my partner truly cared for me, I felt safe enough to let more of my guard down. 

     Showing your partner that you care can be displayed in how you communicate and helps to keep the lines of communication open. We can show our partner we care about them when we are willing to listen without an opinion. Just listening to your partner can make a whole world of difference. Being careful as to how and what we say can also make a huge difference.  I’m sure you’ve heard that it’s not always what we say but how we say it. If for some reason, we do offend our partner, we can also show we care by quickly apologizing. 

     Silence is also a form of communication that we should pay attention to. Sometimes silence can mean your partner is having difficulty in a particular area. It’s okay to acknowledge your partner’s silence. Ask your partner if everything is okay, or if there’s anything you can do to help and then offer them your ear anytime they are ready to talk. Again, this shows your partner how much you care. It also assures them that they have a safe place to express themselves whenever they feel comfortable. This is also a good practice to utilize with friends or other people you communicate with on a frequent basis.

    If you feel like you this an area you and your partner struggle with repeatedly, seeking the help of a professional may be helpful.  Licensed counselors are trained in helping couples develop communication skills.

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