How does poor communication affect a relationship?

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How does poor communication affect a relationship?
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Communication Breakdown

The effects of poor communication on a relationship can threaten the existence of a relationship itself. The symptoms of communication breakdown include feeling like the other person is not listening, arguing constantly, feeling like nothing of substance is being said and defensiveness, among many other warning signs. All of these symptoms of communication breakdown serve to create an obstacle toward problem resolution.


After communication breakdown has set into a relationship, if the situation is not quickly resolved through open and positive communication, more problems begin to set in. The opportunity that poor communication creates for problems to enter the relationship intensifies with each instance of poor communication. Poor communication makes it difficult for couples to relate to each other. Without the ability to relate to each other, the parties may begin to second-guess the relationship itself. Poor communication skills often lead to misunderstandings, which only lead to further problems.


In reality, 80 per cent of communication that is interpreted is of the nonverbal sort, such as body language and facial expressions. In a relationship in which poor communication is common, relationship burnout is common. Burnout in this case means that the relationship stops functioning on an emotional level and the two parties begin to withhold information from each other. Betrayal often results, in the form of cheating or placing trust in other people. The further a relationship is allowed to deteriorate because of poor communication, the more difficult it is to regain trust and return the relationship to what it once was.

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