Tips on how to communicate with your partner when the conversation is heated!
By: Natalie Chandler MA, LMHC, LCAC
- Ask questions and donít make assumptions
- The aim of communication is a solution, not to ďwinĒ.
- Never label your partner when fighting. For example: Donít call them a child or a coward. If you really feel they act childish you need to talk to them when youíre not upset and in a positive, caring way.
- Donít believe that you know what the other person is thinking.
- Donít just complain about your partner. Be specific in what it is you would like for them to change or work on with you.
- Ask for and give feedback of the major points to make sure you heard your partner correctly and understand what he/she wants.
- Only discuss one issue at a time. Otherwise, you may go back and forth, causing discussion to be too overwhelming and frustrating
- Do not use past events as weapons. Stay with the here and now.
- Always consider a compromise
- Take time to check you thoughts and feelings before you speak. Donít be afraid to close your eyes and take time to process whatís going on.
- Remember: Your partnerís viewpoint is just as real to them as yours, even though your views may differ.
- There is never a single ďwinnerĒ in a fight. You either both win by making the relationship better or you both lose.
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