Stress Recognition and Response
This model indicates that the partner should learn to accurately notice and perceive the stressed partner's signs and signals of stress. The partner's responses to the stress signals are very critical and are important for further development of the couple's intimacy and mutual bonding.
There are various signals of stress. Stress can be shown and expressed verbally and non-verbally, and the expressions of stress can be either emotion-or problem-oriented.
The Importance of Communication
As previously said, the key to a healthier and happier relationship is having an effective communication with your partner. If partners are able to freely open up and disclose their emotions and thoughts, then they are more likely to receive congruent support and understanding from each other. Conflicts and misunderstandings often arise when there is a miscommunication between partners; thus, it is essential for couples to learn how to give adequate support to their partners. More importantly, they should also learn to open up and express their feelings of stress that would easily be perceived by their partners.