LCSC ADMIN Posted October 7, 2006 Share Posted October 7, 2006 Survivors may encounter situations in which it is difficult to communicate with their partners. During times of stress, effective and healthy communication is often a challenge for couples. This can be especially difficult if there were problems with communication before the cancer diagnosis. Signs that it is time to work on better communication include: You and your partner have frequent misunderstandings. You or your partner frequently withdraw or avoid talking. You or your partner frequently use criticism, sarcasm or name-calling. You find yourself frequently not sharing information with your partner. You and your partner frequently disagree over the same issues. You or your partner has sexual problems, and other expressions of love and affection (talking, touching and sharing) happen less often. You find yourself frequently confiding in others instead of your partner. You feel unable to ask your partner for help or support. You find that the support you receive from your partner is unhelpful. You feel hurt emotionally by your partner. If ever you or your partner responds with physical aggression, seek immediate professional assistance. Couples facing cancer can learn effective communication strategies. Even though it is difficult to break old habits, learning new skills and developing new communication habits is possible. The key is to practice the new skills regularly. The benefit is that healthy communication can increase the couple’s overall relationship satisfaction and positively affect each member’s quality of life. How can survivors learn to communicate well with their partners? Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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