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Your relationship needs this coffee cup

The intelligent people are the quiet ones. The strong, silent type is the epitome of the desired male.  One should listen twice as much as they talk.  All very nice sentiments, but the truth is in a relationship talking (and listening) is crucial.  If you don’t speak, if you don’t say what is going on, it becomes the rule. And you could very easily have a sorry end to the relationship as a result.

Sometimes one doesn’t talk because they feel the reaction will be negative, defensive, or angry. Those are actually understandable reasons to not want to communicate feelings, emotions and ideas.  No one likes to be dismissed, lectured or put down when they share vulnerable things.

It often takes courage to talk in a relationship, but the alternative is a deep seated frustration. It is ultimately unhealthy for oneself and the relationship.  Talk, even if it is scary.
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Drawing and commentary by Marty Coleman of The Napkin Dad Daily

Quote by Samuel Johnson, 1709-1784, English writer



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