Principals for Effective Communication and Conflict

Part 1—Say What You (Really) Mean; Mean What You Say
Say what you mean:

It’s often much harder to state what you really want or desire from your spouse, but doing so will save much heartache and frustration in the long run. If you will work to be authentic in words and deeds and avoid playing emotional “games” with each other, it will go a long way towards “saying what you (really) mean.” An example of this would be instead of making an under-the-breath remark about how long it’s been since you’ve had sex, tell your spouse you miss him/her, and would like to spend some time making love tonight.

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