One of the key ingredients to a successful, strong relationship is constant, consistent, and strong communication. Although this skill comes easier for some (more often women than not), both partners need to work on communication in a relationship.

A relationship where communication is weak or non-existent is a relationship where at least one party is likely not getting their needs met.

Communication isn’t just, “Hey, how was your day, dear?” It’s talking about simmering resentments and the big life issues in a reasonable and respectful manner. It’s finding ways to open up your heart — and your mind — to really listen to what the other person is trying to say.

In this video, Psych Central’s Ask the Therapists Daniel J. Tomasulo, Ph.D. & Marie Hartwell-Walker, Ed.D. discuss the issue of how to improve communication in your romantic relationship. Find out more by watching the segment below:

Need more advice? Check out our relationship library.

Dr. Marie and Dr. Dan will be hosting many future videos on relationship and mental health topics in the weeks to come. We will post them here as we publish them, or you can check them out on our new YouTube channel. Want to learn more about Dr. Marie and Dr. Dan?

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    Last reviewed: By John M. Grohol, Psy.D. on 13 Apr 2012
    Published on PsychCentral.com. All rights reserved.

APA Reference
Grohol, J. (2012). Video: Communicating in Relationships. Psych Central. Retrieved on July 25, 2014, from http://psychcentral.com/blog/archives/2012/04/14/video-communicating-in-relationships/

 

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