A relationship between two people, whether it’s a marriage or a close friendship, is built on good communication. If one side cannot communicate his or her desires to the other, the relationship will always be unequal. It will cause a power shift accidentally, with the person who cannot express their feelings being overshadowed by the more vocal party.
It’s difficult to fix a communication problem like this, especially as some people are more predisposed to listen than others- it’s simply a personality trait. It can be learned, though, and it should be. The key is for both parties to speak up when the need or want something. And if they do, it is easier to find a compromise when things become difficult. Reminder: it’s important to be mature during these conversations. If one person snaps, or lashes out at the other, it can make them retreat further, hurting the relationship and quite possibly, the feelings of the other person. One must remember to be gentle with the ones you most cherish; they are the most valuable things in life, not any sort of possession.
Good communication will strengthen a relationship, and also reveal the true wants and desires of your partner. When one keeps quiet, they are essentially lying to their partner. Acquiescence may keep the peace, but one party will always be at odds with the other, without the other half of the relationship being aware of the problem. It can be easy, also, to hurt your significant other, friend, husband or wife, by stepping on their toes. It won’t hurt to take some time to ask their opinion, as well.