Success in marriage
Professor Bonnie Stiemke
August 30, 2013
Dear Keisha and James,
Congratulations on your engagement, I am happy that you guys have chosen to embark on a new journey in life together as one. As you may know with all relationships not just marriage you have to learn how to communicate effectively, and learn how to compromise with one another. In addition, you need to be mindful of the fact that neither party will always be right but learning how to agree to disagree will be your best allies with each other. With this letter, I want to teach you some rules that will help you through each step in your journey as life partners.
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Remember that poor communication within a relationship will compromise everything else surrounding your relationship.
Barriers that effect communication
In a relationship, you need to lean the type of barriers that each person may have:
Stonewalling: is when one party is not responsive when a conflict arises. The person will refuse to converse with the other party. This is something that should never happen; allowing someone to stonewall a person will just lead to more problems.
Body language: gestures that you make with your body when words are spoken or if no words are said at all. Although many may not like to believe that gestures you make with your body say things to others, sometimes these gestures can leave a negative impact on the other party involved.
Defensiveness: when you are defending yourself when sometimes there is no need for this action. This barrier can be avoided completely if you carefully listen to what the sender is trying to convey, when you are not listening effectively you may miss a crucial part of the conversation and immediately begin to feel intimidated and begin to play the blame game.
With any relationship there can be barriers of effective communication, as we know communication is the process of transferring information from one person to another, in order to make sure the message is receive correctly there are steps that need to be taken. Sometimes in relationships, we have preconceived notions about what the other party may be saying and never really hear the message that is trying to be conveyed, this notion will be a barrier in...