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Communication Patterns That Can Damage Your Relationship

Adarsh Soni

6 min read

For better or for worse, every relationship has patterns of communication. While some can help you strengthen your bond, others might give birth to an array of problems—both temporary and long-term.

“Good communication is the number one sign of a healthy relationship. People want to come home to someone that they can talk to. Someone who will not just listen with open ears but also with an open heart,” says Dr Seema Hingorani, a Mumbai-based clinical psychologist who has been treating couples and solving relationship problems for almost two decades.

Most relationships have a similar story. They begin with bliss, but as you peel each layer with time, things begin to change. When the honeymoon period ends, we start to see the emotional issues, unpleasant habits, and shortcomings of our partners. Our shortcomings also come into play, even if we try to hide them. When we feel frustrated, conflict arises. While it’s true that conflict is completely natural—it also can severely impair our relationships. So we need an antidote for conflict, a way to identify patterns that degrade a relationship beyond repair. This is where effective communication comes into play.

To make things easier, we’ve curated a list of harmful communication patterns that you should avoid, and solutions that can help fix the damage. Let’s have a look at them.

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