Opinion: Silence Can Ruin a Relationship

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Learning from my mistakes.

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We all make mistakes. The important thing is that we learn from our mistakes and act differently in the future.

Each day, I try to become a better person by learning from my mistakes. Luckily for me, throughout my life, there has never been a shortage of errors for me to learn from. 

Here is one of the lessons I have learned about relationships with others over the years due to making plenty of mistakes.

The silent treatment usually backfires.

If you can’t bring yourself to discuss a disagreement with the other person immediately, that’s one thing. But you still need to communicate with them. Be sure to inform this person that you aren’t ready to discuss the disagreement right now, but you will find time to address the issue soon. Just walking away without explanation is something you should never do.

The same goes for refusing to respond to electronic communication from someone you had a dispute with. Silence isn’t going to make the problem disappear. By giving the other person the silent treatment, you are likely pushing their buttons and frustrating them. Besides making the situation worse, this behavior is also immature and highly irritating.

The key to a healthy relationship is communication. Without free-flowing two-way communication, you do not have a mature relationship; you have a parent-child relationship. 

Instead, discuss your issues in detail when both of you are calm and more likely to work out a resolution.

By keeping the lines of communication open and flowing in our relationships with others, we learn to develop healthier interpersonal relationships that last.

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