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What to do if your partner doesn't listen?

Answer from our relationship expert:

Feeling unheard or dismissed by your partner can be frustrating and disheartening, but it's important to address the issue constructively. Start by choosing the right time and place to have a calm and respectful conversation with your partner about their listening habits. Use "I" statements to express how their behavior makes you feel and avoid blaming or accusing language. For example, you could say, "I've noticed that sometimes I don't feel fully listened to when I'm talking to you, and it makes me feel frustrated and disconnected." Encourage your partner to share their perspective and any challenges they may be facing in listening effectively. Practice active listening skills during the conversation, such as maintaining eye contact, nodding, and summarizing your partner's words to show that you understand. Collaborate with your partner to come up with practical solutions for improving communication and listening in your relationship. This could involve setting aside dedicated time to talk without distractions, practicing mindfulness techniques to improve focus, or seeking couples therapy to work on communication skills together. By addressing the issue openly and collaboratively, you can strengthen your connection and build a more fulfilling relationship.



March 27, 2024

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