Invalidating your spouse
And we have no idea what to say…because we have no idea when he is returning.
Expressing our wants, feelings, thoughts and opinions clearly and effectively is only half of the communication process needed for interpersonal effectiveness.
Effective communication exists between two people when the receiver interprets and understands the senders message in the same way the sender intended it.
Listening effectively is difficult because people vary in their communication skills and in how clearly they express themselves, and often have different needs, wants and purposes for interacting.
And, (see number one) even though it looks like we’re doing great (and sometimes we are…see number 4), sometimes we’re just barely holding on. She said she was married to a man in the military and they got divorced because ultimately, the stress and distance was too much for her and her husband to handle.