Using good communication and listening skills are key to helping you avoid being misunderstood. People get trapped when they aren't slowing down enough to use some of these helpful tips we are giving you this week. When communicating your needs to someone, you are often giving them feedback. Feedback is providing someone with information about your reactions to what they have done. It is usually used to guide someone towards improving, but can also be given as positive affirmation. Make sure that you are not only the giver of feedback, but also the receiver. Every person in a relationship can have room for improvement!
Do you notice that people aren't hearing you when you explain your needs? Do you find yourself getting defensive when someone needs you to change? If so, you might consider using a few of the tips we are sharing this week!
1. Talk about behavior you can actually see, not something you just "think".
2. Make it specific.
3. Make sure it is relevant.
4. It does not necessarily have to be given on the spot, but try to do it as soon as possible.
Keep reading tomorrow for more tips!
Written by Teri Claassen MSW, LCSW, LCAC
Teri Claassen MSW, LCSW is a licensed therapist at Imagine Hope Counseling Group. Teri enjoys doing marriage counseling, individual counseling, couples and relationship counseling. Teri also does family counseling, child counseling, and adolescent counseling. Imagine Hope serves the Indianapolis area, including the surrounding areas of Carmel, Fishers, Noblesville, Zionsville, and Westfield.