A positive emotional connection includes “having a partner who really, is a good friend, likes and appreciates you as a person, and does his or her share to make the relationship work” (Barnett and Rivers 1996, 190).Communication between intimate partners is more than words – it involves establishing an emotional connection.Discussion topics include typical communication styles of men and women, how men can be more intentional in initiating conversations, how to better navigate conflict, and more.(Part 1 of 2) Listen Article Greg Smalley and Erin Smalley What do you do when you're stressed out?Sociolinguists have noticed some typical gender differences in how women and men communicate (Kendall and Tannen 2001).These gender differences are based on averages, so there are always exceptions among individuals.If you pursue your spouse, the emotional climate of your marriage can change for the better. Listen Article Greg Smalley Once conflict begins, it's hard to defuse.
This article reviews basic communication theory and lays the foundation for teaching emotional communication skills to couples.
Nevada, Urbana, IL 61801 Phone: 217.265-5279 fax: 217.333-9061 [email protected] communication is critical for building and maintaining strong couple relationships.
Family Life Specialist, University of Illinois Extension Associate Professor, Human and Community Development University of Illinois 2006 Christopher Hall, 904 W.
Read more Article David and Jan Stoop We can improve our ability to control our emotions.
The skills we develop can make us more aware of what we are feeling, which can help us break the cycles in the way we interact with our spouse.