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7 common reasons we fail to communicate our needs with our partners

Updated On May 18, 2023 06:08 PM IST

Discover the hidden barriers that prevent us from communicating our needs to our partners.

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“Remember, you are responsible for advocating for your needs. No one else can read your mind, and expecting them to is unfair to both of you. Your needs are valid and important, and you deserve to have them met. Don't let guilt, fear, or any other negative beliefs hold you back from communicating your needs.⁠ In healthy relationships, both parties want to meet each other's needs. So, if you're struggling to communicate your needs, start by identifying what they are,” says, licensed therapist and relationship expert, Jordan Green in her recent Instagram post. (Unsplash) expand-icon View Photos in a new improved layout
Updated on May 18, 2023 06:08 PM IST

“Remember, you are responsible for advocating for your needs. No one else can read your mind, and expecting them to is unfair to both of you. Your needs are valid and important, and you deserve to have them met. Don't let guilt, fear, or any other negative beliefs hold you back from communicating your needs.⁠ In healthy relationships, both parties want to meet each other's needs. So, if you're struggling to communicate your needs, start by identifying what they are,” says, licensed therapist and relationship expert, Jordan Green in her recent Instagram post. (Unsplash)

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Fear of rejection: You're afraid that if you communicate your needs, your partner may reject you or think less of you. (Gettyimages) expand-icon View Photos in a new improved layout
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Fear of rejection: You're afraid that if you communicate your needs, your partner may reject you or think less of you. (Gettyimages)

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Fear of conflict: You avoid communicating your needs because you're afraid it will lead to an argument or conflict and you'd rather keep the peace(Pexels) expand-icon View Photos in a new improved layout
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Fear of conflict: You avoid communicating your needs because you're afraid it will lead to an argument or conflict and you'd rather keep the peace(Pexels)

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Lack of confidence: You may lack confidence in yourself or your ability to communicate effectively, leading you to avoid sharing your needs altogether. (Shutterstock) expand-icon View Photos in a new improved layout
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Lack of confidence: You may lack confidence in yourself or your ability to communicate effectively, leading you to avoid sharing your needs altogether. (Shutterstock)

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Belief that your partner should already know: You believe your partner should already know what you want or need, which leads you to avoid communicating your needs directly. (Pexels ) expand-icon View Photos in a new improved layout
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Belief that your partner should already know: You believe your partner should already know what you want or need, which leads you to avoid communicating your needs directly. (Pexels )

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Fear of being seen as needy: You fear that if you communicate your needs, you'll be seen as needy or dependent, which can feel uncomfortable or embarrassing. (Unsplash) expand-icon View Photos in a new improved layout
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Fear of being seen as needy: You fear that if you communicate your needs, you'll be seen as needy or dependent, which can feel uncomfortable or embarrassing. (Unsplash)

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Past negative experiences: You may have had negative experiences in the past, where you communicated your needs and your partner didn't respond in a supportive way(Unsplash) expand-icon View Photos in a new improved layout
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Past negative experiences: You may have had negative experiences in the past, where you communicated your needs and your partner didn't respond in a supportive way(Unsplash)

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Cultural or family beliefs: You may come from a cultural or family background where expressing needs directly is not encouraged or may even be considered taboo. (Pexels) expand-icon View Photos in a new improved layout
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Cultural or family beliefs: You may come from a cultural or family background where expressing needs directly is not encouraged or may even be considered taboo. (Pexels)

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“Whatever your reasons may be, it's important to work on communicating your needs with your partner in a way that feels comfortable and authentic to you. Encouraging open and honest communication can help build a stronger connection between you and your partner, and ultimately lead to a more fulfilling and satisfying relationship,” concludes Jordan Green. (Unsplash) expand-icon View Photos in a new improved layout
Updated on May 18, 2023 06:08 PM IST

“Whatever your reasons may be, it's important to work on communicating your needs with your partner in a way that feels comfortable and authentic to you. Encouraging open and honest communication can help build a stronger connection between you and your partner, and ultimately lead to a more fulfilling and satisfying relationship,” concludes Jordan Green. (Unsplash)

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