How comfortable are you when talking about your feelings with your partner? Does it come easily, or do you do everything you can to avoid the subject? Having a few tips for talking about your feelings in relationships might be just what you need to open up when it doesn't come easily to you. Keep in mind, Dr. Christie Tcharkhoutian, senior matchmaking specialist at Three Day Rule, warns that by not talking about your feelings, you may be missing out on some really important bonding opportunities with your SO. "Sharing your feelings in a relationship is essential to building mutual trust, safety and respect — if you are able to share your emotions without feeling ashamed or unsafe," Tcharkhoutian tells Elite Daily.
If talking about your feelings is a struggle for you, you're not alone, says Dr. Tcharkhoutian. "Research on vulnerability shows us that often, it is the most difficult to be vulnerable with the ones closest to you, including your partner. The reward of acceptance after vulnerability with your partner is very high, but the risk of the person closest to you hurting you when you open your heart to them is also very high," she explains. "For this reason, it often feels easier to conceal your feelings and not be vulnerable with your partner, but in the end, protecting your feelings and guarding yourself from your partner only breaks intimacy rather than helping connect the couple. Small moments of acceptance and empathy can truly strengthen a relationship to be a safe haven for each partner." Here is how Dr. Tcharkhoutian says to change the dynamic.