6 Ways to Know if You Communicate
Effectively as a Couple
If you ask a room full of people what the hallmark of a great couple is, chances are that most of them will say something along the lines of ‘great communication’ or ‘honesty’.
Effective communication between partners is one of the most important traits to strive for in a relationship, as it can help improve almost every area of a couple’s life. Communication being poor can negatively affect the household, the couple’s mental health, long-term happiness and even the couple’s sex life.
This can seem easier said than done, though. How on earth can you take a step back and analyze your own communication levels in a relationship? That’s what we’ll be taking a look at in this blog post. Today, we’ll be going over 6 ways to know if you communicate effectively within your current relationship or not.
You value each others views and opinions
To start off with, one of the most important signals to watch for in a relationship is how your opinions and views are treated- and vice versa with your partner, as noted here in this Bustle article. Are you able to openly discuss your views and debate in a healthy manner? If so, you can take this as a sign that your relationship has great levels of communication.
There are set times where you can chat to each other
Another sign that a relationship has effective levels of communication is set times for the couple to chat. This may sound obvious, but having specific times like dinner time or a date night to properly talk to each other can be very helpful for keeping communication barriers down.
You feel comfortable talking about sex
This may not apply to every couple, as everybody’s sex drives and habits are different - but being able to talk comfortably about sex is a sign of great communication in a relationship. Being able to openly express desires in a mature way is wonderful for building trust and for improving sex in a relationship, too.
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You feel confident bringing up issues
Couples with poor communication levels often struggle to bring up things that they’re struggling with, or issues that they want help with. As noted in this handy article, if you’re in a relationship where you can be honest with each other and discuss issues that you’re having, then you don’t need to worry about having poor communication.
You’re good at picking the time and place to talk seriously
Communication is one thing, but communicating effectively is another. Couples who don’t know how to speak to one another will often pick the wrong time and place to have serious conversations or discussions.
One of the main ways that you will be able to spot if you have good communication levels is if you and your partner always seem to find the time to work things out maturely- instead of having arguments about the bills in the grocery store.
You feel assured that your partner will be honest with you
A final way of spotting effective communication in a relationship is looking at trust levels. Do you trust your partner to tell you the truth? If not, you may be struggling from a lack of communication from both parties. Trust is an absolute must in long-term relationships.
To sum up
As you can see, there are a number of key ways to figure out whether your communication is effective or not. If you haven’t considered this with your partner yet, it’s important to reflect on your relationship and see whether there’s any room for improvement.
Communication is, after all, one of the foundations of a great relationship. It’s vital for keeping both parties happy and content, and for reducing any potential strain on the relationship. If you didn’t mesh with any of the ideas in this blog post, why not try sitting down and talking to your partner about them today? It’ll help you out in the long run.
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