I am talking with my husband and the discussion gets heated. The next thing I know, I see the sign in his eyes flip. My husband is now closed for business.
It’s a cliché because it’s true. Getting your significant other to listen is often a colossal chore. SavvyMiss.com lets us know that not all hope is lost: "That grunting, mumbling, heap of man slumped on your couch may not be Shakespeare, but he’s perfectly capable of carrying on adult conversations."
The article offers six helpful ways to communicate with your man. And while some are intuitive—No. 3: Don’t Be Critical—other rules help you reevaluate the way you communicate—No. 6: Don’t Make Assumptions.
"No doubt, differences exist between the sexes," states the article, "but don’t make them out to be huge obstacles to a relationship. With a few adjustments, you can learn to understand those differences and communicate just fine despite them."
I tried using some of these tactics the next time my husband and I had a "discussion" and they seemed to work. Especially, No. 4: Don’t Talk Too Much. "When a woman talks too much," says the SavvyMiss.com, "she overwhelms a man," explains the article. "In fact, he may be afraid to say anything, for fear that one word from him may trigger another soliloquy from her."
While I am no Hamlet, I did find that holding my tongue let him get a word or two in and showed me that he was really listening and paying attention.