When you and your partner are facing communication challenges, your relationship can feel draining instead of supportive. You remember feeling excited, interested, and fulfilled by conversations with your partner in the beginning of your relationship. But today, when you try to communicate with your partner, it seems like it ends in an argument every time.
A communication disconnect in your partnership can cause you to feel unheard and misunderstood. And when you try to communicate but are met with resistance or defensiveness, of course, you feel defeated. Putting yourself out there, even with your partner, can be scary. In fact, vulnerability with anybody can be intimidating. But maybe you’re anxious to even try to start a conversation about communication issues. Often, partners assume that addressing the issue will make it worse. In reality, this is the furthest thing from true.