Communication is the foundation of healthy relationships, but it’s difficult to do it well, and it can be even tougher when you’re trying to communicate with a man. I know, because I’m a guy, and even though I have a Masters Degree in Communication and write and speak words for a living, my wife would still tell you that it can sometimes be difficult to have a conversation with me.
There just seems to be something on the Y Chromosome that makes communication difficult, but there’s hope! Here are some pointers for having more meaningful conversation and effective communication with the men in your life. Every relationship is different and every individual is different, but these are a few general principles that will apply to most men.
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1. Recognize that men and women tend to process communication in vastly different ways.
The first point may seem obvious, but it’s an important starting point, because until we recognize that there is a difference, we’ll stay stuck in a rut of communicating in a way that may make sense to use, but may not actually be connecting with those of the opposite sex. Every man is unique (and every woman is unique), so I hate to generalize here, but there are some clear differences in the typical male through process and the typical female process when it comes to communication. This doesn’t mean one approach is right and one is wrong, but rather, both the man and the woman will likely have to stretch outside their own comfort zone to find a balanced approach to communication in the relationship.
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