Behind the words

‘Can you clean the kitchen today?’

When your partner says this, they could imply one of the following statements.

‘I am busy today. Can you clean the kitchen instead?’

‘I always clean the kitchen. Can you do it more often?’

‘I feel overwhelmed. I need your support.’

All these statements have different connotations. What do they actually mean? How can you find out?

An average communicator exchanges facts. A good communicator interprets feelings. A great communicator uncovers hidden needs.

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