How Does Communication Affect Interpersonal Relationships

Relationship is about bonding with another. No matter what the nature of the relationship, lovers, partners, parent-child, and friends it is the bond which keeps it together. And if I were to single out just one element which binds two people inextricably it is communication.

Communication may be verbal or non-verbal. It is not just words but a look too that speaks volumes. Now imagine a relationship wherein there is no verbal or non-verbal communication the first thing that sets in is:-

  • Disconnect – The connection breaks so much so that the two people have no clue what the other person is thinking or feeling.
  • Indifference – With prolonged periods of disconnection, indifference sets in. It is not just that they do not know about each other, they just don’t want to know. They couldn’t care.
  • Breaking of bond – That is the next stage wherein nothing remains between the two. One may be caught in a relationship, on paper or socially but in fact it is non-existent.

What your heart feels and your mind thinks if left unexpressed, a relationship cannot sustain. Needless to state, the importance of communication in a relationship for it is the bridge between two. A knot that ties together is “the adhesive”.

Communication builds trust, honesty, openness and mutual respect. So one must speak, hear, and share. “Speak so I can see your soul, share so that I can hear, hear so that I can speak and let this continue in a happy relationship.” And when communicating in a relationship becomes problematic, that’s where relationship counselling comes into the picture.

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