A relationship cannot work without the communication pillar; it is through communication that one couple understands one another. Self-disclosure in a relationship is a vital ingredient that spices up the relationship. Self-disclosure is about being open to our partners; secrets have led to break up of many solid relationships Self-disclosure is a prove that partners can trust each other on all issues evolving around their lives. Partners who are free to disclose their issues to each other are able to achieve a satisfactory relationship, they are free to communicate to each other about their needs, what they like and dislike, it also saves partners from guilt and mistrust which eats up many relationships. Partners should not just be lovers, but also best friends; they can be able to open up to each other without any shame or fear.
Gender differences should not be an obstacle to smooth communication between partners. Both partners need someone to talk to and somebody to listen; this is the most obvious similarity in any relationship. Partners need to communicate about their needs and dreams and how the path they want their relationship to take. There is always and issues the couples need to address; there are also challenges that partners face, which need to be handled through communication. The fact that the male and female partners face challenges, it creates a need for partners to communicate regardless of their differences (Gray, 1992).
Generalization in the research should not be a justification that a relationship does not fit within the generalization. Communication is the main issue in the research and a relationship cannot survive without this vital need. It is a basic need in any relationship hence all relationships fit within the scope of the research. The relationship flame can only be kept burning if communication is done right and with self-disclosure (Degenova, 2008).
DeGenova, M. K. (2008). Intimate relationships, marriages & families (7th ed.). Boston, MA: McGraw Hill.
Gray, J. (1992). Men are from Mars, women are from Venus: a practical guide for improving communication and getting what you want in your relationships. New York, NY: HarperCollins.