Communication is key to any successful relationship. Many couples struggle with communication, often losing the skills needed in the upkeep of the partnership. Complacency can be the enemy, as many couples who seek counseling or therapy have discovered. There is one secret to keeping the lines of communication open, as studies have shown.
A study conducted had taken couples and let one of them talk about what stresses them for five minutes on camera. The other partner was allowed to view the recording afterwards, and their reactions and emotions were noted. Those that genuinely were interested and cared about what their spouse was talking about were more open to communicate. Partners were asked to rate how concerned they were for their significant other and their stresses. Those that did not display stronger reactions of caring and empathy had closed lines of communication.
Empathy is the key to communicating and doing it well. A partner who displays concern and empathy for their partner and their well-being are better communicators. Partners who didn’t seem as concerned about their significant other left them feeling misunderstood, closing down communication efforts.
Caring and empathy are obvious factors in nurturing your relationship. Studies continue to show that these are helpful, healthy, and encourage communication opportunities and skills to be developed for continued use. Caring does make a big difference in communication, and in order for your relationship to be successful both partners need to express both caring and empathy, which are both the secrets to communicating effectively.