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It’s possible to reduce interpersonal conflict and improve communication with your main squeeze by avoiding verbal trespassing, maintaining respectful boundaries, and being mindful of how you give and receive information. It’s simple science. Studies show that consideration, kindness, and generosity are the best medicines for strong and healthy intimate relationships. Empathy neutralizes discord. Putting yourself in your partner’s shoes by temporarily suspending your own perspective sharpens your listening skills and deepens your understanding of his or her thoughts and feelings without the need to agree or disagree. This type of active listening engages you in what your partner is saying and feeling without falling into the trap of who’s right and who’s wrong. It softens tension and sets the stage for mutual cooperation, collaboration, and loving connection.