Remember the song, 'you say it best when you say nothing at all'? Well, it does not work all the time. Communication in relationships is important if you want your loved ones to be with you all your life, and for this to happen it is important to express your feelings to them and let them know what they mean to you. Today, in our daily hectic schedule, we forget to pay attention to the needs of our loved ones. We are so engaged in our daily chores, that we start taking our relationships for granted. Consequently, the bond get weaker by creating dubiety, doubts, and disrespect. It is better to discuss and sort out your problems in any relation, instead of living in ambiguity and suspicion. This article tells you all about the lack of communication in relationships, its effects, and how it can be improved with time.
Why is Communication Important?
Not communicating with your partner regularly can make you feel lonely and isolated. According to psychologists, such people tend to withdraw from social activities and are emotionally vulnerable. The consequences of this affect the whole personality of the human being, and it also affects his personal, professional, and social life. It is observed by psychologists and human behavior experts, that relationships with good communication not only last longer, but people in such healthy relationships seem to be happier than people stuck in unhealthy ones.
Lack of communication affects your relationship with your family members, friends, as well as at your work place. It can even break existing as well as potential bonds. These days, people are individualistic and believe in personal space. But too much of space only widens the gap between people. So express yourself to your loved ones, talk about the problems in your life, share your deepest fears and secrets with each other, and cherish the best moments of life together. It will make you come closer and will make you bond stronger.
Improving Communication In Relationships
You can improve your relationships by using various types of communication. Do not let the need to communicate take you away from your loved ones. Try the following tips.
- If you think relationships with your family members need to be rejuvenated, then it is important to spend quality time with your family. Go for weekend holidays and enjoy with the family. You can have something like 'family time' everyday where the entire family comes together. For example, having dinner together, watching TV together, etc. This will give the sense of belonging to all your family members, and help you stay united in ups and downs.
- Lack of communication with children can have serious consequences. You must pay attention to their needs and wants. If you neglect them it can affect them psychologically as well. So talk to your children about their school, friends, and studies. Take interest in their sports or art activities. Shower them with your love, attention and time. It will make them emotionally secure.
- Lack of communication in marriage can have serious effects and can even affect children. Love, respect and mutual understanding are the basic things which every couple should consider. Share your worries with each other, accept your partner with all his/her strengths and weaknesses, stand by your spouse in all his/her endeavors. Do not take your spouse for granted and try to know his/her likes and dislikes. Many times we forget to say those three magical words, 'I love you', say it and mean it.
- At the work place you need to develop good interpersonal communication skills though a formal communication setup is available. Let the authorities know about your requirements and discomforts related to the administration, and if you have problems with your colleagues or friends, talk to them and get the problems sorted out as soon as possible. Workplace communication can be improved by keeping an open mind and being optimistic, which will help you take the comments in a positive manner.
It is said that a relationships is like a bird. If you catch it tightly, it dies, and if you catch it loosely, it flies, but if you catch it affectionately, it remains with you forever. It means that neglecting relationships or being over protective and possessive is not the correct way to avoid problems; the right was is to have balanced relationships, which allow the smooth flow of communication. Effective communication is the key to successful relationships. Not communicating only results in unsuccessful human alliances, which causes grief not only to ourselves, but to others as well.