Criticizing your partner's character instead of addressing specific behaviors undermines self-esteem and creates defensiveness.
Shifting blame and becoming defensive hinders productive communication, preventing resolution and open dialogue.
Shutting down or withdrawing during conflict prevents effective communication and problem resolution, harming the relationship.
Sarcasm, mockery, or name-calling erodes trust and emotional connection, poisoning the relationship.
Indirectly expressing negative feelings or sabotaging instead of open and honest communication creates confusion and resentment.
Assuming you know what your partner thinks or feels without clarifying can lead to misunderstandings and miscommunication.