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Saving Your Marriage Before It Starts, Session 4, Can You Say What You Mean and Understand What You Hear?
There are some basic skills for communicating effectively with your spouse. First, **clarify content** to keep from jumping to conclusions. Men and women use different types of talking: Men use *report* talk, women use *rapport* talk. Second, **reflect feelings** to make your spouse feel understood. Combined with good eye contact, these skills convey genuine caring. Without being genuine, the best communication techniques in the world will fall flat.