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Successful relationships depend on good communication to keep them strong. This is especially important when laying the ground work for a new relationship:
· Avoid blame and judgment. Explain what you thought and how you felt without assigning responsibility to the other person for your reactions.
· Do not make assumptions. You seldom truly know why someone did whatever occurred. The conclusions you make will be based on your past experiences throughout life vs. the other person's perspective.
· Don't let your emotions dictate your behavior. Feelings are important and should be acknowledged. However, do not react to whatever is triggered. Instead, make a purposeful decision about how to respond.
· Listen! Pay attention instead of planning your defense strategy while the other person is talking.