Family communication includes the exchange of verbal and non-verbal information between family members. It is important because it gives us individuals the ability to express their needs, wants, and concerns as well as our love and admiration for each other. Effective communication patterns have been shown to increase satisfaction in romantic and familial relationships, whereas poor communication has been linked to an increased risk of divorce and behavioral problems in children.
Keys to Effective Communication:
- Clear and direct communication is the healthiest form of communication, whereas the message is clear, and the person message is given to the individual it is intended for.
- Active listening – acknowledge and respect the other person’s perspective. Try to repeat what they said back to them and seek clarification if you do not understand.
- Communicate openly and honestly, this way you develop a safe environment that sets the stage for a trusting relationship
- Think about the person you are communicating with – not everyone communicates in the same manner or at the same level.
- Pay attention to non-verbal messages – Sometimes what an individual is saying, and their facial expressions or body language may be different.
- Stay positive! Though it may be necessary to address problems between family members, is important for to encourage and support each other.
At Stillpoint, we strive to foster and maintain effective communication for families in and outside of therapy and assist you in building healthy and successful relationships.
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(chapter 22, page 520)