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Can We Talk Essay

734 words - 3 pages

Can We Talk
Tanya Lynn Vilano
Interpersonal Communication
Professor Steven Fritzenkotter
June 3, 2012

Can We Talk
After reading the article on “Can we talk? Researcher talks about the role of communication in marriages”. The author does deliver enough material on self-disclosure in relationships. Self-disclosure is when you share personal thoughts and information with someone you are in a relationship with. The author states “In 1987, a review in the Journal of Sex and Marital Therapy found that higher rates of self-disclosure were tied with higher rates of marital satisfaction. Expression of love and support was also linked to happy marriages” (Schoenberg, 2011). When you are in a ...view middle of the document...

Schoenberg makes it clear that being affirmative can come in the form of affection, and women a more affectionate then men, so just because women are more verbal then men, that does not mean that they cannot be affirmative. “Her study also found that "affective affirmation" -- basically, behavior that makes your partner feel loved, cared for or special -- plays a role in happy marriages and that men need it more than women. Affective affirmation can be as simple as a hug, a thank you or buying a partner's favorite food. Men tend to favor gestures of affirmation over words, Orbuch says. Women tend to go with verbal affirmation” (Schoenberg, 2011). Some of the overviews made in the article, are true and I can see where it can apply to my life. I have always been very out spoken on what I want my life to result in, I also am determined on making sure I do what I need to in life to reach my goals. I believe if you want to have a solid relationship you must be open about what you are feeling, and not just assume that your partner understands what you are asking from them.
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