Dating relationships and the demandwithdraw pattern of communication
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You’d also have seen my partner, his arms folded across his chest, silent and unresponsive, a dismissive look on his face.
Importantly, the pattern is conceptualized as bidirectional: each partner's behavior influences the behavior of the other.
For example, demand behavior does not cause withdrawing, instead demanding is both a cause and consequence of withdrawing.
Getting Started with Active Listening The practice of “active listening” could help you get out of the demand-withdraw rut, too.
In active listening, you restate what the other person says as a way to be sure that you understood.
This study examines whether afemale-demand/male-withdraw pattern occurs in datingrelationships and whether this response increases duringdiscussions of difficult topics.