Communication is the foundation of your relationship; you and your partner rely on healthy communication skills to productively work through both celebrations and struggles in your relationship.
Healthy communication relies on both partners ability to be assertive and to listen actively considering each other’s needs. To recap, assertiveness is expressing your feelings and asking for what you want in the relationship, while active listening is listening attentively without interrupting and restating what was heard.
Mastering both active listening and assertiveness in your relationship enables the consideration of your partners needs and expressing your own.
Think about the following:
- What are your partner’s needs?
- What are your needs?
- How do you advocate for your needs?
- How can asking about their needs and advocating for your own help your relationship?
If you and your partner ever feel overwhelmed by your results or the ensuing discussion, we encourage you to seek out professional support. Call us.
Consider taking an assessment or working through our Discussion Guide for Couples... that's a great place start!
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