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."
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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."
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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.