Dating and communication: a few tips for keeping it together

Posted on: 29 December 2009 by Mark O'haire

Communication is considered one of the most important factors in any relationship, especially dating.

Many couples that have survived turbulent times will tell you that open and honest communication is key in keeping their relationship together.

A closer look at many relationships reveals that communication is key even before you start dating. Expressing your feelings for instance, is no easy task. You need to muster enough courage to tell your love your true feelings. It requires a bit of skill and a lot of courage to do so. According to many people however, this is the easy part. To express your feelings only requires your hoping for the best and preparing for the worst. Rejection, although not exactly a pleasant experience, is part of the risk.

The true value of communication when it comes to dating lies in how it can help keep things together. Many couples have broken up because of a lack of communication. So how does communication help keep things together you ask?

  • You need to remember that dating is essentially a trial phase of being together. While you commit to seeing and loving this one person, it is still the two of you trying to see if you are indeed compatible. This means that you and your significant other will inevitably run into a lot of hurdles along the way. The reality is that any relationship has its own set of trials. The key is telling your partner how you really feel about her reaction to a certain situation, for instance. It is expressing your feelings in the hope of a better relationship ahead. For indeed, how will your mate know how you feel if you don't tell them.
  • Dating and communication likewise means being open to what your date has to say. Communication is a two-way street. It involves one person speaking and another person listening. You need to keep an open mind (and heart) to whatever they tell you. This essentially means not letting your temper get in the way once you hear something that displeases you, for instance. Over reacting is the surest way to block all communication lines.
  • You likewise need to show each other that what each of you has said don't fall on deaf ears. In other words, do something about the problem. Expressing your feelings is one thing. Taking concrete steps to solve the problem is another.

These are just a few tips to keep in mind when it comes to dating communications. Remember to keep all communication lines open. In the end, it will spell the success of your relationship.

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