6 Tips for Healthy and Effective Communication
You want to say something, but you just don’t have the courage or confidence to bring it up for fear of a negative response or perhaps you don’t know what to say, right?
Practicing communication skills can greatly impact your interpersonal relationships in a positive way. All of us need to practice our interpersonal skills from time to time. Below are some tips for expressing your opinions, thoughts, and ideas.
1. Be honest, but polite.
Being dishonest with others about your true feelings or thoughts is a disservice to you both. Although you may fear a negative reaction, it’s true. Honesty is the best policy
2. Be confident
If you aren’t confident about what you’re saying, how can anyone else be?
3. Be fair
Manipulation, Lying, and other toxic interpersonal tactics make it difficult to have authentic and healthy relationships with others.
4. Consider the viewpoint of others
This will help you anticipate any negative responses and be able to mentally prepare for them. Additionally, this can help you be empathetic to the other person.
5. Avoid words like “always” and “never”
They rarely are true. In order to have healthy relationships, we have to focus on ways we can compromise or negotiate. Always and Never prevent you from finding a middle ground.
6. Be friendly and positive
Of course, no one likes talking to someone who’s negative all the time. Do your best to be friendly and positive, no matter the situation.
If you are, or someone you know is, having difficulty communicating with a family member, or significant other, please consider family or couples counseling for some professional help.
Brittany Salvador is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor who has been in the field since 2009 in a variety of settings including community, private practice, institutions, and hospitals.
Utilizing mindfulness and acceptance strategies, as well as cognitive behavioral therapy, Brittany strives to help clients develop the self-awareness and coping skills to manage problems as they arise.
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