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What is Communications?

How to Communicate With Your Mate

ďI donít understand what has happened to us,Ē explains George. ďBefore we were married we had so much to talk about. Now we never talk. George says I never tell her anything, and she wouldnít listen if I did. She isnít interested in anything Iím interested in.í

Experts claim that one of the most serious problems in marriage and a prime cause of divorce lies in the inability or reluctance of couples to communicate. Many of these couples know they arenít communicating, but they arenít sure exactly what it is they are or are not supposed to do. Although communication is a complex process, it isnít complicated.

Communication in marriage is complete when a couple can handle three principles consistently: (1) when they can effectively utilize the fundamentals involved in speaking and listening, (2) when they can resolve conflicts through constructive methods, and (3) when they spend time on a daily basis in an intimate sharing of feelings.

 

What Communication Is

We often assume that if someoneís lips are moving, communication is taking place. But the two-way street of conversation comprises the giving and receiving of information. Moreover, it involves more than talking. It is the receiving or listening process as well. To this twofold process we should add a third dimensionóunderstanding. Frequently we think we understand what our mates are saying, but what we hear is not what is meant. We want the other person not only to listen to what we have to say but also to understand.

 

 

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