Relational communication abilities are often lacking. It makes sense that communication is difficult since no one was ever taught how to do it well. People are taught how to talk, yet the purpose of communication—understanding others—doesn’t necessarily result from using clear sentences and a large vocabulary. Beyond only being able to talk, effective communication includes several other skills. The good thing is that you can always improve your communication skills. Realizing that there are communication problems is the first step. After that, you might discover how to speak more effectively.
You often engage in the same conflicts
Your arguments often center on the same issue, or they frequently degenerate into the same kind of physical altercation. If this is taking place, it indicates that you do not yet possess the abilities to settle disputes, put problems behind you, and move on. If you can’t fix problems, they keep coming up. Even though the argument may have ended, it won’t be long until you start arguing about the same issues once again. Conflicts don’t accumulate and become baggage that drags down your relationship when you understand how to address them.
You avoid talking about some subjects
Since you don’t want to argue, you attempt to avoid talking about subjects that would only cause hurt and estrangement. The issue is that ignoring certain topics still results in suffering and isolation. Avoidance could be effective for a time, but ultimately the separation will intensify until you can no longer stand it. You’ll become more and more distant until your relationship is in risk of breaking up if you don’t learn how to hold difficult talks in a healthy way.
A lot of the time, you feel misunderstood, invisible, or unheard
You never feel validated, noticed, or understood no matter how hard you try. Maybe your partner has said they feel the same way. It hurts when you don’t feel that your spouse is seeing and understanding you. You get alone and lonely as a result. It often brings up unpleasant childhood interactions. Your sense of self-worth suffers. The ability to communicate in a manner that makes you and/or your partner feel heard, understood, or valued is something you lack. The sense of disconnection damages your relationship over time. It’s crucial to develop relational communication skills so that you and the other person may both feel heard and understood. This calls for more than simply talking to your spouse or the other way around. Your spouse has to develop listening skills in order to be understood. You’ll need to do the same in order to hear your companion.
If you recognize yourself in these situations, it’s time to start honing your communication abilities. You and your partner may start to comprehend one another with enough practice. When arguments go well, you may feel closer to your spouse than ever before.