Couples Often Communicate No Better Than Total Strangers

RedTracker| Boaz Keysar, a professor in psychology at the University of Chicago and a leading expert on communications says that closeness can lead people to overestimate the quality of their communications with loved ones.

In reality spouses communicate no better than strangers.

“A wife who says to her husband, ‘it’s getting hot in here,’ as a hint for her husband to turn up the air conditioning a notch, may be surprised when he interprets her statement as a coy, amorous advance instead,” said Savitsky, who is lead author of the paper, published in the January issue of the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology.

In fact, couples often assume that each other should know the context of their communications to each other and feed no need to fill in the blanks as they would with a stranger. via Science Daily