Dr. Romance offers guidelines for understanding and being understood.
No relationship is perfect — couples disagree, fight, and argue all the time. It’s not about who’s right and who’s wrong, it’s all about how you deal with the problem. Sure, you can cry, yell, and blame each other to get your point across but these problems will only re-emerge if you don’t try and understand one another. Here are some tips on how to efficiently communicate with your partner without fighting.
- Seek first to understand. If you know your partner’s frame of reference, you can speak to him/her within it.
- Pay attention to how your words are landing. If your companion’s response looks off the mark for what you said, check out what he/she is hearing….
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