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Building Relationships Through Communication

Updated on January 15, 2015
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Building and maintaining a strong relationship is one of the most complicated challenges humans encounter in life. Couples often find themselves in relationships that they swear will last forever and will be the focal point of their lives, but sometimes, just as quickly as they build these relationships up the flame can just as easily die out. In a number of cases, it just dies out without warning. However, there are several keys to maintaining a healthy relationship and ensuring the best for two people in a relationship. One of these major keys in a healthy and stable relationship is having effective communication with each other.

When it comes to any relationship, communication is a vital key. Whether it may be a simple friendship or a long lasting marriage, no relationship can survive without healthy communication between both parties involved. One of the most important, but least practiced aspects to better communication is listening. Most of the time one party hears what the other person is saying. However, there is a big difference between simply hearing what the other person is saying and listening with a genuine interest and comprehension to that person. Showing interest can go a long way in earning a partner's confidence. Simple compassion and inquiry about whatever someone happens to be talking about can go a long way in building a comfort level and familiarity between two people.


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Trust is by far the most important building block to a healthy relationship. Without trust, there is no successful communication. Many people claim or think that they trust others. However, deep down most human beings there exist some paranoid thoughts and doubts about their partners. One must overcome these doubts and genuinely trust their partner in order to build a foundation for a truly healthy relationship. Another key in building trust is to ensure the relationship is as open as possible. Partners should never consider any part of their day too confidential to share. With a more open book feeling to the relationship, there is less mystery involved. In turn, this leaves less room for hostile or paranoid doubts.

One of the hardest times to maintain respectful communication is during disagreements, or in more extreme situations, heated arguments. It is perfectly normal for two people to disagree on issues on a regular basis. That is the beauty of being human and an absence of these differences would be abnormal and unhealthy. The important thing regarding these situations is how they are handled. Keeping an open mind about the other person's point of view and outlining your perspective is the most effective way of diffusing conflicts. When two parties cannot agree on an issue, and obviously not likely to happen in some instances, compromise is the fairest solution. Each side will have to meet part of the way. Respect for the other person will keep most relationships from going sour.

While most people enter, relationships without the intention of it ever failing, inevitably several relationships do not work out. Building a strong foundation of communication, trust and respect should ensure that two people get the most out of their relationship and avoid it from ending on bad terms.

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      rikabothra 5 years ago

      Its true communication is the key to a good relationship. It is something that each of the partner should focus on. Good points.

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      Moira Garcia Gallaga 5 years ago from Lisbon, Portugal

      Communication is indeed a very important part of a relationship. Thanks for dropping by and commenting.

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      Blue Phoenix 5 years ago

      Great hub you got here. How I wish that my girlfriend and I have a good relationship through communication. Oftentimes, she's just quiet or busy with whatever she's doing and when we start to talk it ends up in an argument. I wanted to tell her just about everything that's happening everyday but it seems that I would distract her especially when she's working. But I would still try to start a conversation but I'm afraid it will always end up in an argument. Nevertheless, I'm happy because we gotta talk, eventhough it's in high pitched voices. Funny.... Thank you for posting this!

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      Allen Williams 5 years ago from Pennsylvania

      You hit the nail on the head with communication and trust. Without either one of those qualities, it is very hard if not impossible to keep a relationship together. I thought you wrote a very good hub. I voted it up and useful.

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      angelmiller 5 years ago from Washington

      This is so true.If communication doesn't exists in a relationship then it's all over.It's so sad when you think you've found your half but then it all comes to an end without any explication.The communication it's the key to a happy and healthy relationship

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