Bridging the Gap: Effective Communication Strategies for Troubled Marriages

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Bridging the Gap Effective Communication Strategies for Troubled Marriages
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  • Effective communication is the foundation of a healthy and happy marriage
  • Conflicts are inevitable in a marriage union, but the ability of the couple to share their feelings and resolve them amicably is important in building a happy home
  • This article will explore effective strategies that couples in troubled marriages could adopt to bridge the gap and improve their communication
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Disagreements dont have to be destructive<br>Photo credit freepik

One of the challenges that marriages face is a lack of effective communication. According to study research, 67.5% of marriages that ended did so primarily due to communication problems.

When a union is going through turmoil, communication becomes difficult. Couples in such situations may avoid talking about important issues, or they may argue frequently and reproductively.

It is almost impossible for couples who are raised by different parents, probably of different tribes, cultures, and races, not to disagree with each other.

But disagreements don’t have to be destructive. There are several effective communication strategies that such couples can adopt to bridge their communication gap and resolve their differences, and we’ll be discussing them below.

Effective Communication Strategies for Troubled Marriages

1. Practice active listening

Communication is a two-way street where listening is crucial. Active listening means paying attention to what your partner is saying, both verbally and nonverbally. 

Listening actively means being fully present when your partner talks, not just hearing the words but understanding the emotions behind them. It also means reflecting back on what you have heard to make sure you understand. 

When you actively listen to your partner, you are not just showing them that you are interested in what they have to say; you are also showing that you value their opinion, which helps in building trust and understanding between you.

2. Use “I” statements

“I” statements are a way of expressing your feelings without blaming your partner. When you use the word “I”, you are focusing on how you are feeling rather than what your partner is doing. 

For example, instead of saying, “You always make me feel like I’m not good enough,” you could say, “I feel hurt when you compare me to other women.” 

“I feel this when…” instead of “You always do that…”  it might seem small, but the shift from blame to personal sharing can work wonders.

“I” statements create a safe space for both partners to express themselves without triggering defensiveness. It helps avoid arguments.

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Criticism and judgment are poison for communication<br>Photo credit freepik

3. Avoid criticism and judgment

Criticism and judgment are poison for communication. They make your partner feel attacked and defensive. 

Instead of pointing fingers, try to express your concerns without attacking your partner’s character. Focus on expressing your own feelings and needs. 

For example, instead of saying, “You’re always so lazy,” you could say, “I feel frustrated when you don’t help out around the house.” There’s a huge difference between saying, “You’re always so careless,” and “I’m worried about our finances.”

4. Be willing to compromise

A successful marriage isn’t about winning arguments; it’s about finding a middle ground. Being able to compromise shows your partner that you value their opinion and that you are committed to the relationship.

Don’t always be hell-bent on having things your way, because that’ll lead to arguments and fallout. Remember, it’s not about who’s right, but what’s right for the relationship. 

5. Seek professional help

If you and your partner can’t find common ground to sort out your communication issues, seeking professional help can be a valuable resource. 

A therapist or counselor can help both of you learn new communication and conflict-resolution skills tailored to your personalities.

Conclusion on effective communication strategies for troubled marriages

The art of effective communication isn’t just about words; it’s about understanding, empathy, and connection. So, whether your marriage is in stormy seas or calm waters, remember that the bridge of communication can help you both cross to the other side. 

It’s a journey worth taking hand in hand, and we wish you both the absolute best on it.

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