Give an example of how communication kept any of your relationships healthy?
Good question. Do you mind if i answer it too?
I believe that the most valuable skill that one can have is not great mind, sense of humor, ability to do a lot of things, creativity or a lot of sense confidence. Yes, this things matter a lot, BUT in my opinion the most valuable skill is to make another person feel important. LISTEN. It sounds simple, but can we all do it? LISTEN to what another person says.
I have kept using this in practice, the result is unbelievable. This has a massive weight on any sort of relationship. Listen and make people feel important.
Hope this answer was appropriate.
Making it a point to call at least every two weeks to make sure "she" was doing okay. But I am not going to call everyday or every week--for this, I find, smothers any spark of fire in any "hot" relationship.
There is good communication which is vital to any relationship's good health and vitality. There is, alas, another kind of communication which poisons even a potentially good relationship.
Of course, the word "communication" usually connotes the equitable, good kind, in which there is willingness to understand and afford validity to each other, even when differences of opinion or perception are present.
The good kind includes give and take, showing mutual consideration, respect, caring employing all the wondrous benefits of humans in exchanging our thoughts and feelings as effectively as we are able. If that's not essential to the health of a relationship and its participants, I don't know what is! It does take both participants in order to exist, however, as well as verbally. Silence is even a kind of communication.
It's not merely verbal. Actions, expressions and body language express our regard for another person, and are all part of communication. The negative kind of communication is expressed by all these methods, plus by silence.
Consistently positive elements maintain relationship health, which an occasional goof can't destroy. But consistent negative "communication" can and will destroy it, whether it is expressed by one or both participants.
Healthy relationships are based on respect. Treat others as you want to be treated. Good communication enriches the respect that fuels a relationship.
An example would be; For the past month my boyfriend hadn't spent anytime with me. He would just watch TV with me for like two hrs then leave with his friends to drink. It bothered me extremely but I didn't say anything. Finally this past weekend i got fed up and spoke to hime about it. In the end he told me that all i had to do was say what was bothering me and he would change. I guess this is one of those times when communication helped keep our relationship healthy. If I had continued to keep quiet I would've most likely had gone off on him and we wouldn't be in a good place right now. So hooray for communication! =]
I have a first hand experience with this. I was in a 6 1/2 year relationship that was wonderful at first because we communicated all the time. If I felt upset about something, I would tell her. If she didn't like something I did, she would tell me. Eventually, for reasons unknown to me, she stopped communicating with me, even if I asked directly, and that was a major part of the decline of the relationship.
She would often lie or hide what was on her mind despite me asking her to tell me, and eventually I had to end things with her because she held stuff in and became resentful of me.
Communication is a must in a relationship and I firmly believe both parties need to openly talk to each other.
Mirroring . . . It's a communication skill most people think they possess naturally, until they try it . . .
Everyone wants/needs to be seen/heard accurately . . . It's that reaffirming sense of security we all experience when our "aha buttons" light up with "that person really 'gets' me" . . .
Mirroring is being able to repeat accurately to the other person what they just said . . . It is impossible to do this without listening closely and paying full attention . . . That is one of the reasons it is so powerful . . .
You don't have to agree or disagree with the other person's comment . . . You just need to be able to listen closely enough to be able to repeat it back to them accurately . . .
I wrote a delightful dialog with "lack of mirroring" and "good mirroring" examples but the HubPages prompt said it was too long . . . I had to remove it . . .
Blessings always, Earth Angel . . .
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