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Communication Mistakes That Can Diminish Trust

In any relationship, whether it be a marriage, a friendship, or the relationship you have with your co-workers, there needs to be a level of trust. One important factor that helps develop trust in a relationship is communication. Nan S. Russell, a contributor writer for Psychology Today, says there are communication mistakes that people make that can decrease that level of trust in a relationship. 

  1. You pass along rumors without checking the facts
  2. You don't respond to others' messages or when you do it's after the fact
  3. You influence or create procedures and policies, but don't follow them yourself 
  4. You over-share about your relationships or outside activities, expecting others to do the same
  5. You use a communication hatchet when a feather would suffice 
  6. You dance around difficult questions, not providing clear information for others to make informed decisions
  7. You make assumptions about what motivate others, instead of asking 
  8. If you're unhappy with someone's work, you tell everyone but that person
  9. You share information or stories that aren't personally yours to share 
  10. You don't take your own words seriously, often over promising and under-delivering 
  11. You're silent on important issues but have a lot to say later about who's to blame 
  12. You're quick to claim credit; and slow to acknowledge others achievements
  13.  Your feedback is delivered as personal attacks
  14. Your actions don't back up your words
  15. You think communication is about the method used to convey information

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