Communication: why is it so hard to understand each other?

Communication between women and men is hard enough. But it can be even more challenging when you add the stress, depression, and treatment side effects that often follow a diagnosis of prostate cancer.

Part of the problem is that women and men have very different styles of communicating. Learn more by reading why women and men speak a different language. The differences between the sexes are fascinating—and understanding them may help change the way you view your relationship—and the way you talk to your partner.

Another part of the problem is that what a woman says is not necessarily what a man hears. Our article about what men hear when women talk provides some insights, which may help you overcome some of the common obstacles.

Clinical psychologist and author, Dr. Sue Johnson, writes that when couples fight, they are actually expressing cries of protest about the emotional disconnection they feel within their relationship.

Read this article to understand what the anger may really be telling you—and how couples can work to help improve their relationships.

When trying to express their needs, many couples get caught in the “blame game.” Read why the blame game is always a losing proposition—and learn other ways to

help get your needs met that may be more effective.

Another key to effective communication is being able to ask for what you need, in a way that compels your partner to honor your request (i.e., without getting angry).

This article provides suggestions for communicating your request —and determining the best time to ask.

If your partner has shut down, or completely shut you out, reading this article about why men may avoid conversation altogether may help relieve some of your frustration and anxiety.

Editor’s note: These articles are nota substitute for individual and professional counseling. Nor do they represent every man and woman. The purpose of this section is to create awareness and start a discussion, which are often the first steps to change.

Updated 1/13

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