Nonverbal Communication in Relationships

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Nonverbal communication, verbal or written communication whichever, communication is very important for any relationship to be successful. Be it interpersonal relationship, workplace, love or professional relationship, good communication is essential for their success. It binds individuals together creating stronger intimate bonds.

Nonverbal communication studies carried out by professionals show that understanding and making more use of nonverbal communication skills in relationships creates even more stronger and intimate relationship between lovers. To achieve this, you must develop and use often, effective nonverbal communication skills.

What Is Nonverbal Communication

Nonverbal communication also known as body language refers to those wordless signals you give and receive when interacting with your love and other people. They include gestures you make, eye contacts, your movement, the way you talk, the way you stand or sit, the tone of your voice when talking and many more. All these send different strong and noticeable messages to the love of your life or whoever you are talking to. Your ability to understand and use nonverbal cues when communicating in your relationship is a very vital tool in connecting with your partner emotionally  and building an intimate relationship.

Learning these personal communication skills and using them properly in your relationship will develop a good sense of interest, desire to connect and trust in your partner. Making it difficult for them to stay away for a long time without missing you. For example, intimate couples can tell what each other is feeling or want from the body language they display. They can tell if their partner is in need of sex, whether they comfortable or not by mere eye contact or siting position. They know by their spouse response if they had a good or bad day at work, when they are happy or not. Thanks to understanding nonverbal cues of their partner.

Why Nonverbal Communication In Relationships

Nonverbal communication in psychology is a topic of its own, to tell you how important it is in personal or professional relationships. From a mere touch to a glance, there is a natural perception that a very strong message has being passed between the couple involved. The way you sit, listen, move, look, speak and react, sends a message to your partner. From all these listed above, your love can

  • Know how truthful you are
  • Whether you care or not
  • How trustworthy you are or mistrustful you are
  • Have a good rapport with you
  • Be more emotionally connected to you
  • Know if the relationship should continue or not

Active listening skills are highly needed to good communication as it awakens other communication skills. Paying attention to your body language and nonverbal cues of your spouse will help you become a good communicator and create a stronger emotional connection between both of you.

Roles Of Nonverbal communication In Relationships

In most cases our body language and nonverbal messages play the following roles in our relationships.

1. Complementary Roles

Apart from appreciating your love verbally, giving them a pat on the back, a kiss or a hug further adds a stronger impact on the spoken words. It tells them you really appreciate whatever it is they have done for you. This in turn compels them to do more without looking back.

2. Substitution Roles

You may find yourself is a place or situation you cannot pass a verbal message to the love of your life, you can only pass the message non verbally. An eye contact, a shift in your position, a signal with your hand or a touch from you can convey a very clear message to your spouse. This automatically substitutes for verbal message.

3. Repetition Roles

You may want to add more impact to your message when talking to your partner. Pointing towards a direction or giving other signals with any part of your body while giving out verbal messages or even after your verbal message helps repeat what you said and adding to the expression of the verbal message.

4. Contradictory Roles

Nonverbal communication can also play contradictory roles. You can show disagreement to what is being said by your love by a glance or movement of the head from left to right. You can equally express disagreement by hand signals.

5. Emphasizing Role

This is mostly used when you want to lay emphases on a particular message. This can be indicated through assertive voice tones and strong actions like pounding on the table when talking.

Some Ways Of Expressing Nonverbal Communication In Relationships

In relationships, nonverbal actions can be expressed in many ways. They include but not limited to the following…

  • Going out of your way to help your partner
  • Not helping your spouse when you could
  • Ignoring your partner
  • Intentionally forgetting important dates in the life of your love like their birthday
  • Not arriving for a date with the love of your life
  • Dressing up or dressing down for an occasion with your spouse

Now that you have known that building effective communication and intimacy in a relationship cannot be completely achieved without understanding and practicing nonverbal communication and body language, you are advised to study and put the nonverbal cues in this article to practice. This will help you build a more intimate and successful relationship.








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