Good communication is the foundation of a strong relationship. Many relationships have the chance of surviving if couples improved the ways they communicate with one another. But couples have created new communication problems that must be solved if they are to create and sustain long-term relationships. Couples are unconsciously destroying potential relationships with their interpersonal communication errors.
Correcting poor communication is a simple process, identify the common errors and replace them with healthy alternatives. Remember nobody is perfect, but most people make common mistakes that have dire consequences on relationships. It is often the simplest bad habit that causes the most problems. Once relationships hit a rough patch, negativity grows. Problems escalate when each partner's mistakes are repeated again and again.
Admitting you are wrong is difficult. It requires honesty and humility. When it comes to romantic relationships, the problem often stems from faulty communication. Having good communication skills is vital to make oneself understood and ensure that they are clear to their partner. Misunderstands due to poor communication can easily lead to relationship problems, which can have a detrimental effect on relationships.
Here are a few communication errors that many are guilty of committing during a relationship. There are many ways to correct these common communication errors but stopping and listening, paying attention to nonverbal signals, and compromising are essential steps to better communication.
- Truth. Always insisting that one is right.
- Blame. Always implying that the problem is the other person's fault.
- Defensiveness. Always arguing and refusing to admit flaws or shortcomings.
- Passive aggression. Always saying nothing but acting out in other ways.
- Mind reading. Always expecting the other person to know how one feels.
- Sarcasm. Always belittling or patronizing with words.
- Denial. Always denying one's role in the problem.
It takes practice to change common communication mistakes. One would be amazed how much energy could change between partners with a few communication changes. When each partner understands how to better communicate, they can make real progress in their relationship.