Dan Trathen DMin, PhD Clinical Psychologist & Certified Business & Life Coach

Hindering Marital Communication

The second is to hinder communication. Instead of asking how our partner feels about something we try to read their mind. We become masters at negatively interpreting what our spouse is saying. We learn to overreact, raise our voice and volume as we escalate. We tend to criticize our spouse, create defensiveness and turn the problem back on our partner when they have an issue with us. We use irritating phrases and names and discount feelings by telling our spouse they shouldn’t feel that way. We walk out of the room when our spouse is talking and communicate nonverbally with facial expressions and gestures. We either don’t talk to our partner or else we say one thing, but really mean another.

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