8 Successful guidelines to effectively communicate with an introverted Partner.
Good and effective communication is vital to any relationship, regardless of the personality traits of the individuals involved. However, when it comes to communicating with an introverted partner, it’s very important to keep in mind that they may have a communication style that differ from what you’re used to or what you would have wanted.
Introverts tend to be more reserved, gentle and introspective, preferring to think before speaking or not to even speak at all and often needing time alone to recharge.
To be able to effectively communicate with an introverted partner, it’s very important to understand their needs and preferences, and to adjust your communication style accordingly, that would help suit the relationship well.
1. Patience and understanding.
One of the most vital things you can do when communicating with an introverted partner is to be patient and understanding during communication. Introverts often need time to process their thoughts and feelings before they can articulate or execute them, so do not rush them or put pressure on them to speak before they’re ready to talk to you.
Instead, it’s better to give them the time and space they need to gather their thoughts, you need to be supportive and encouraging when they do choose to open up and ready to vibe with you.
2. Be an active listener.
You should be more of a listener when you are around an introverted partner as this would create the opportunity for them to speak too.
Active listening is key to effective communication, but it’s more important when communicating with an introverted partner. Introverts tend to be more thoughtful and deliberate in their speech and action, so when they do speak, it’s important to readily listen to what they’re saying.
This means that you are giving them your full attention, avoiding interrupting them while they talk, and asking follow-up questions to clarify and fully understand their thoughts and feelings.
3. Respect their need for space
Introverts often need space and time alone for them to recharge and process their thoughts and feelings well as this helps them to behave accordingly. This can be a challenge for people especially their extroverted partners who loves social interaction, but it’s quite important to respect your introverted partner’s need for solitude as it is not really their fault.
This means you should not take it personal when they need to spend time alone, you should understand and not pressuring them to be more social than they’re comfortable with, just let them be.
4. Implement non-verbal communication
Another way is by implementing non-verbal communication because introverts often communicate through non-verbal cues, such as giving facial expressions, body language, and particular tone of voice.
Paying attention to these cues would give you insight into what your introverted partner is thinking and feeling at a particular period, even if they’re not expressing themselves verbally or actively. This means you must be observant to your partner’s non-verbal communication, understand and responding accordingly.
5. Improvise long and prolonged talks.
Most introverts dislike small talk and prefer to have deep, long and meaningful conversations. When communicating with an introverted partner, avoid short and boring talks and instead focus on more interesting topics.
This doesn’t mean you have to talk about heavy or serious topics all the time, but it does mean being willing to communicate deeper into topics of mutual interest that they were love.
6. Don’t rush them to become more extroverted.
Introverts are obviously very different from extroverts, and trying to change them or force them is likely to be a futile effort as this would make them more introverted.
Don’t pressure your introverted partner to be more extroverted or social than they can be or comfortable with, as this can make them feel stressed and burdened, it would take a gradual process. Instead, accept and appreciate them for who they are, and work within their comfort zone to build a strong and healthy relationship, then at the same time you can help them become like you gradually.
7. Make use of written communication.
I have personally been in situations where an introvert was in front of me physically but she still chose to chat me up on WhatsApp to tell me what she wants, I was quite surprised but was quick to understand that introverts often prefer written communication over spoken communication, as it gives them time to reflect on their thoughts and express themselves more clearly, they wouldn’t be shy when communicating using a written form than when they look into your eyes to talk to you.
If your introverted partner is more comfortable communicating through writing, consider using email or text messaging via social media platforms like what’sapp as a way to stay in touch and communicate. This can also be a good way to communicate about sensitive and tensed topics, as it allows your partner to think carefully about their response before hitting sending a message to you because they might have a second thought of you would feel about the message.
8. Honesty and Transparency.
In today world, honest and transparent people are often appreciated.
Open and honest communication is key to any successful relationship, and this is especially vital when communicating with an introverted partner as it makes them easily confide in you easily. Introverts tend to value trustworthiness and sincerity, and appreciate partners who are straightforward and direct in their communication and doings. This means being willing to express your own thoughts and feelings openly, and encouraging your partner to do the same to you.
If you are not ready to make sacrifices of the steps explained above, then it is better to look for an extroverted partner.