Dear John and Alice,
Communicating effectively is an essential skill for everyone. It is one that we learn from the moment we are born and will use each and every day. It is derived from how we are perceived by others to using verbal and nonverbal communication. We use our minds, bodies, and our appearance to communicate with those around us. Forms and styles of communication vary greatly from person to person, they develop from what we see in the environment around us. In this reflective paper, I will discuss various aspects of communication that will help you communicate better with your significant other.
Communication is important in developing and maintaining any relationship and your marital relationships is no exception. I think the first and most important step is to be able to recognize when someoneâ€™s relationship is in jeopardy because of communication issues. In this ...view middle of the document...
As I mentioned before communication is important in developing and maintaining relationships. We use communication in our everyday life and knowing how to do it effectively can strengthen your relationships both personally and professionally. Your listening skill is one of the most important skills in communication. Knowing how to listen allows the other person to feel that they are part of the conversation and that makes them feel important. It is a skill important to have and enforce in your relationship. It will strengthen your communication as well. As Stewart says, â€œThe quality of your life is directly linked to the quality of your communicationâ€ (1986, p. 7). In your situation, when you pay attention to your significant other you let them see how important they are to you, by listening to what they have to say. It sounds simple but it takes practice and work, and patience to develop. By listening not just hearing, you are able to give a better response and feedback depending on the issue you are discussing as a couple. Some steps you, as a couple can take to become better listeners are, first, you must want to want to listen to what your partner has to say. Next, try to stay focus on your partnerâ€™s words. Remember that you must also pay attention to the nonverbal communication your partner is sending. Some of the important messages are sent through nonverbal communication and it will be your job to interpret the meaning. Sometimes the nonverbal message is just as important as the verbal message. Have good feedback and always make your partner feel like you care about them and the relationship. As Sevens mentions, â€œWhenever we listen thoroughly to another personâ€™s ideas we open ourselves up to the possibility that some of our own ideas are wrong (p. 51-52). Always be open-minded. Remember that everyone has the right to have an opinion or view and a lot of the time it will be different from yours, even if you do not agree it is important that you listen to your partner they might have good facts to why they have a certain view.