Communication problems often lead to relationship issues, which is no great surprise. If you can’t communicate with your partner, how can you cultivate a sense of closeness and love?
Still, basic communication challenges often lead to broken relationships. It makes you wonder what everyone’s doing wrong. We’re going to cover five common communication omissions that threaten relationships.
1. Not asking unique, personal questions
“How was your day?”
There’s nothing implicitly wrong with the above question. But, if repeated frequently, it lacks sincerity and shows a lack of effort. Many couples go through the motions of social platitudes because they don’t know what else to say, but this kind of filler talk can be surprisingly devastating. Why?
When you say something canned, it implies you’re doing it out of social duty, like nodding your head when you accidentally lock eyes with someone. “Oh, I guess I’m supposed to ask how your day was now.â€ This is not the message you want to send to someone you love.
When you say something unique, however, it’s not only more engaging, it communicates: “I care about you.” Try asking things like, “Did you learn anything new today?” or, “What made you smile today?”
The latter question is especially poignant because it shows that you’re taking an active interest in their emotional well-being, and they’ll get to relive the happiest part of their day. It’s a better way to get a real conversation started, too.
2. Not stating the obvious
“I love you. Your beauty is what makes the birds sing (obviously).”
Sometimes, we need to hear the obvious. It’s not enough to tell someone you love them once, because later they’ll wonder, “But how about now?” The same goes for compliments. When our needs aren’t being met, we’ll look for it in other places, which can be a slippery slope …
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