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Good communication is an important part of all relationships and is an essential part of any healthy partnership. All relationships have ups and downs, but a healthy communication style can make it easier to deal with conflict and build a stronger and healthier partnership. We often hear how important communication is, but not what it is and how we can use good communication in our relationships. By definition, communication is the transfer of information from one place to another. In relationships, communication allows to you explain to someone else what you are experiencing and what your needs are.
The act of communicating not only helps to meet your needs, but it also helps you to be connected in your relationship. Talk to each other. We need to communicate clearly to avoid misunderstandings that may cause hurt, anger, resentment or confusion. It takes two people to have a relationship and each person has different communication needs and styles. Couples need to find a way of communicating that suits their relationship. Healthy communication styles require practice and hard work. Communication will never be perfect all the time.
Be clear when communicating with your partner, so that your message can be received and understood. Double check your understanding of what your partner is saying. When you talk to your partner, try to:. When we communicate, we can say a lot without speaking.
Our body posture, tone of voice and the expressions on our face all convey a message. These non-verbal means of communicating can tell the other person how we feel about them. Notice whether your body language reflects what you are saying. Listening is a very important part of effective communication. A good listener can encourage their partner to talk openly and honestly. Tips for good listening include:. Open and clear communication can be learnt. Some people find it hard to talk and may need time and encouragement to express their views.
These people may be good listeners, or they may be people whose actions speak louder than their words. If possible, ask these questions with your partner and share your responses. Consider, and try, ways to communicate differently. See whether the improve your communication. When you are more aware of how you communicate, you will be able to have more control over what happens between you.
While it may not be easy at first, opening up new areas of communication can lead to a more fulfilling relationship. Most of us find some experiences or topics difficult to talk about. It may be something that is painful or makes us feel uncomfortable. For example, some people find it difficult to express their emotions.
It is often the things that cannot be talked about that hurt the most. If you are having difficulty expressing yourself, or talking with your partner about something, you might find it helps to talk to a counsellor. You could also consider doing a course that is relevant to your relationship. It is better to act early and talk to someone about your concerns, rather than wait until things get worse. This has been produced in consultation with and approved by:. Services include parent education to maternal and child healthcare, child care, crisis support, child protection, family violence and relationship services.
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Home Relationships. Relationships and communication. Actions for this Listen Print. Summary Read the full fact sheet. On this . What is communication? Communicating clearly in a relationship Non-verbal communication Listening and communication Improving communication in a relationship Some things are difficult to communicate Managing conflict with communication Seeking help for communication issues Where to get help.
Communicating clearly in a relationship Talk to each other. If the issue you are having is not that important, try to let the issue go, or agree to disagree. Non-verbal communication When we communicate, we can say a lot without speaking. Listening and communication Listening is a very important part of effective communication. It might be better to calm down before you address the issue ask for feedback on your listening from the other person. Improving communication in a relationship Open and clear communication can be learnt.
You can help to improve your communication by: building companionship — sharing experiences, interests and concerns with your partner, and showing affection and appreciation sharing intimacy — intimacy is not only a sexual connection. Intimacy is created by having moments of feeling close and attached to your partner. It means being able to comfort and be comforted, and to be open and honest. An act of intimacy can be as simple as bringing your partner a cup of tea because you can tell they are tired finding one or two key issues you can agree on, such as how finances are distributed, a goal you have, or your parenting styles or strategies.
To improve the way you communicate, start by asking questions such as: What things cause conflict between you and your partner? Are they because you are not listening to each other? What things bring you happiness and feelings of connection? What things cause you disappointment and pain? How would you like your communication with your partner to be different?
Some things are difficult to communicate Most of us find some experiences or topics difficult to talk about. Managing conflict with communication Tips for how to manage conflict with communication include: Avoid using the silent treatment. Find out all the facts rather than guessing at motives. Discuss what actually happened. Learn to understand each other, not to defeat each other. Talk using the future and present tense, not the past tense. Services and programs are available nationally Tel. Partners: a guide to successful adult relationships , Relationships Australia.
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