Marriage and Communication Essay

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Marriage and Communication: A Letter of Advice Robert L. Forbes COM 200 Interpersonal Communication Instructor Robert Strain June 2, 2013 Marriage and Communication: A Letter of Advice Greetings Bryan and Trish, First, I would like to congratulate you both on your upcoming marriage, and into what is a lifetime commitment to each other. Marriage is a wonderful bond of shared experiences, and will forever be yours to remember. Secondly, thank you for asking me to help you with some advice on building interpersonal communication skills in your marriage. In this letter, I will cover five of what I believe to be very important topics to improve communications for a happy and healthy marriage. The five topics are: (1) Developing strategies for active, critical and empathic listening. (2) Recognizing how your words have power to create and affect attitudes, behavior, and perception. (3) Understanding how perceptions, emotions, and nonverbal expressions affect interpersonal relationships. (4) Describe the strategies for managing interpersonal conflicts. (5) Define emotional intelligence and its role in interpersonal relationships. My hopes and prayers are that after you have reviewed the correspondence that you will use this information to maintain a successful, healthy, and happy marriage for the rest of your lives together. Starting with one of the most difficult of all communication skills is how we listen, or how we do not listen. Are you really paying attention to what your spouse is saying? According to Sole (2011), “To be a good listener, you must focus on both the verbal
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