Examples

  • Failing to communicate one’s own needs to a romantic partner
  • Failure to listen to the needs of a partner
  • Communicating aggressively or inappropriately through violence and rage
  • Using insults to communicate
  • Avoiding discussions about painful topics
  • Assuming others know what you need

Causes

It is likely that communication problems come from a person’s childhood experiences.  As a child, they learned that physical aggression got them what they wanted or that manipulating others was easier than communicating directly.  Communication styles are learned behaviors that are learned at a young age and reinforced throughout the life cycle.

Treatment

When communication issues occur in a relationship a therapist can act as a mediator and create a safe space for both partners to voice concerns openly and effectively.  Therapists can also teach tools and skills to promote active listening and ensure that a message has been received while also decreasing aggressive and unhealthy methods of communicating.

We Can Help

Open Path’s therapists offer beneficial services that encourage insight, self-reflection, and healthy coping mechanisms. Our therapists provide supportive, open communication, establishing secure foundations to help clients heal and grow.

 

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