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5 ways to solve communication problems in your relationship

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One of the most important yet unspoken things that everybody in a relationship expects from their partners is for the communication lines to be open.

They want their partners to be honest and truthful, with nothing – not even a tiny unimportant detail left behind. But while we commit to do the same, we also tend to violate this cardinal rule unknowingly.

But how exactly should you deal with communication problems? Here are 5 steps that you can start with:

1. Agree on a set of house rules

When starting out as a couple, you and your partner may want to sit down and discuss what you are expecting from each other, and how you want to channel your opinions in case you stumble upon difficult issues. This may sound too technical at first, as this is not commonly practiced, but it helps a lot.

By talking about and agreeing on a set of house rules for your relationship, you learn more about each other’s thoughts and opinions, both as partners and as individuals.

2. When talking about expectations, do so in the form of “aspirations”

Telling your partner about your expectations from him or her can be very intimidating, and they may end up feeling that they’re obliged to do something for you. While it is normal for both parties to feel a sense of “obligation,” maybe you can convey your expectations in a rather sugarcoated manner.

You may open up the discussion about what you are expecting from each other in the form of sharing your aspirations. It is because your partner wants to feel involved as much as you do, and sharing these aspirations allows them to be more motivated in contributing to the relationship.

3. Don’t take non-personal communication channels for granted

Many of us think that since we talk on the phone or chat on Facebook with our partners so often, our communication lines are doing great. Nope, that’s not always the case. There are even instances when it is these very same channels that bring turmoil to the relationship.

Communicating via technological devices may be very convenient, but at the same time they are limiting in terms of the quality of your conversation.

4. Apply maximum tolerance

When you are in a relationship, it doesn’t mean that you two already own each other, and that you only have to focus on what you are sharing together. You should keep in mind that even if you are already married, you two are still living separate, individual lives. And this is where maximum tolerance comes to play.

Maximum tolerance is when you allow your partner to do the things he or she likes to do as an individual. This can be hard as it may entail going out with friends, focusing on work, and doing other activities that do not concern you. However, relationships are a test of patience and trust.

5. Make it a point to spend some “gadget-free” time together

Another way to beat communication issues in a relationship is by setting yourselves free from the control of technology for a while. This means going on a hike or strolling in the park without communication devices, or swimming at the beach with your phones tucked in the trunk of your car.

Gadgets these days, due to their multitude of features, tend to be major distractions in times when you are supposed to be enjoying each other’s company.