All relationship problems stem from poor communication according to elaine fantle shimberg author of blending families you cant communicate while youre checking your blackberry watching tv or flipping through the sports section she says. Maintaining a relationship whether it be an intimate relationship such as with a partner child or friend or a professional relation ship such as with a co worker supervisor or client your communication skills affect how you solve problems how you resolve conflict and the level of trust you generate in your relationships a lack of communication may result in confusion . Effective communication between partners is typically considered a necessary aspect of a healthy relationship and when communication problems occur in relationships and between family members therapy can help address the issues and explore any underlying causes. Effective communication is critical to successful relationships researchers and therapists have found at least nine skills that can help couples learn to talk effectively about important issues gottman 1994 markman stanley and blumberg 2010 schramm and harris 2011. A great technique to improve communication in any personal relationship is marshall b rosenbergs nonviolent communication it is based on the willingness and the ability to approach and perceive issues in a non judgmental way this is important because whenever you want to change someone you will create resistance
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