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couple-sitting-on-opposite-sides-of-couch-aaEveryone communicates differently. The way we phrase things, the words we use, or the tone of our voice are all unique to each of us. Some people are naturally good communicators. They understand their audience and communicate in a way that their audience can comprehend. They interact in a positive way.  Some of us tend to struggle with communication, especially with people who communicate in a very different manner than we do. If you find yourself struggling to communicate, it can create hardships in relationships, difficulties at work, and isolation.

Say What You Mean

Often we simply assume that the other person understands what we are trying to communicate. We may be saying one thing but mean a lot more. Try not to take for granted that the other person understands what you are trying to say. A safe habit is to assume the other person has no clue what you are talking about. By doing this, you will explain everything you are really trying to get across.

Talk Openly About Communication Styles

If you find yourself struggling to communicate with someone, try to talk openly about the problem. Talk with each other about what is not working. There is a good chance you both need something specific to understand what the other person is saying. When we know what the other person needs, we can acknowledge those needs and fulfill them. Like many relationship problems, being open and honest can significantly help. It may be more difficult in some relationships than in others to find the courage to speak up. Try your best to be open and honest with all of your needs in life.

Communicating in a healthy manner can sometimes be challenging. We may have friends, family members, coworkers, or supervisors who simply communicate in a very different style than we do. Learning to communicate in a healthy manner will help in many areas of life. Try to say exactly what you mean. Many miscommunications occur when we assume the other person knows how we feel or what we are trying to say. Talk openly about what you need from the other person to feel comfortable. Sometimes we may even discover our communication difficulties stem from underlying mental health struggles. When this happens, we may not know how to work through those challenges. Here at The Guest House, we are ready to help you gain the skills and tools needed to face your challenges. Call us to learn more about our treatment options at (855) 483-7800.