Building a Strong Relationship Term Paper by Nicky

An exploration of the role of communication in building a strong relationship.
# 151412 | 2,794 words | 2 sources | MLA | 2012 | US
Published on Jun 10, 2012 in Communication (Interpersonal)

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The paper discusses how using affirmations will help to build a better and stronger relationship on an everyday basis by overcoming criticism and emphasizing the positive. The paper then examines the role of general communication skills in a relationship and includes several examples from this writer's relationship. The paper also addresses successful conflict management in a relationship as well as the forgiveness and reconciliation process.

Communication Skills
Conflict Management
Forgiveness and Reconciliation

From the Paper:

"It is commonly acknowledged that no person or relationship is ever perfect, but there is a clear difference between couples that are able to effectively handle issues when they arise and those that crumble or allow a bad situation to continually worsen. A lot of this has to do with the attitude in which such issues are approached; I have not always made the simple choice to be happy--that is, choose the right attitude--in order to address problems or rough patches in a relationship, and instead have made things even bumpier by approaching problems with a negative attitude (Parrott & Parrott 54). The way that problems are approached and addressed is far more determinative of a relationship's success or failure than the nature or frequency of the problems themselves (though these are also highly influential factors, of course), and an increased use of affirmations has helped me to realize this.
"This is because affirmations are a way to overcome and combat criticism, which is never an effective way to bring positive change into a relationship--as I have learned. Criticism is an inherently negative approach to any situation, whereas affirmations are equally inherently positive. By using affirmations instead of criticism to address both problems and positive aspects in a relationship, the value of a person and their actions in the relationship are consistently acknowledged rather than torn down."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Chapman, Gary. The World's Easiest Guide to Family Relationships. New York: Northfield, 2001.
  • Parrott, Leslie & Parrott, Les. Saving Your marriage Before it Starts. New York: Zondervan, 1995.

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