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I needed him to listen and show that he cared about how I felt – to look me in the eyes and be present so I’d know he had my back. But this wasn't something he knew how to do.
The few times we were intimate it was mechanical and void of emotion on his part. Then it stopped all together. In a bizarre way, his distancing made facing his death a lot easier. He inadvertently prepared me for widowhood.
Effective skills in communication are necessary to maintain and increase our quality of life.
Criticism has a nasty connotation. However, there are ways to effectively and productively critique someone’s performance, be it an employee, a child, or even your significant other.
The best mortar to hold a marriage, or any other relationship, together can be forgiving each other. But first, you need to know what forgiveness is not.
In any apology, the hearer is usually willing to accept it if they believe the apologizer is sincere. The problem comes in how we determine whether or not someone is sincere. This all has to do with how you were taught to apologize in your family growing up.
If you are together as a couple for any length of time, you will have conflict. It’s all about two personalities with their experiences, emotional baggage, perceptions, and feelings learning to coexist. But, unless you learn how to argue fairly, conflicts can make or break your relationship.