No one wants to get hit with the “we need to talk”. Especially in a relationship, this usually spells trouble. But even if the lead in isn’t so dramatic, lots of couples have a hard time expressing their feelings, opening up, or communicating vulnerabilities properly or at all. It’s hard to get the words right when you are bringing up tough topics and many times it can seem like there is never a good time to open up and discuss something. What kind of things are we talking about here? Well here are some tough topics that might be tough to tackle but necessary in a healthy partnership
1. Sexual issues
2. Mental Illness
3. Unresolved Traumas
4. Genetic Risk for Disease
All of the above topics affect you and your partner, as much as you might think that it only affects you. If you are having sexual issues within your relationship, not talking about it means there is no way to make it better. Even if it can be awkward, communicating the problem is the only way to try to resolve it. As far as medical issues like infertility, genetic risk for disease, and mental illness go – these things affect you and your partner as a couple and your future. Not talking about it is not helping but hurting your relationship as it does not provide the opportunity to problem solve or make a plan for the future. Additionally, you need to allow that person the opportunity to help you and be support for the burdens you feel that you are carrying. Addiction can also work much the same way, in that a partner typically suspects there is some time underlying issue, but until you accept and open up to the assistance they are likely to offer you, they can do nothing except be a spectator in your life.
Many people have had unresolved trauma in their lives, and dredging up the past can be extremely painful and not necessarily something they want to do. Within a relationship however, these secrets can alter the way you treat your partner. That is you may hold onto trust issues, or easily anger over something miniscule or become overly emotional at something your partner does not view as problematic. Sharing these stories can help your partner understand you and your experience better and help them to be more considerate in the future with you. Without communication about these hot button topics, growth becomes impossible, as does true happiness. Just make sure you are clear with what you want to say, you pick the right time, you stay positive, and communicate from a place of reason and not emotion.