By Gwen Randall-Young, Psychologist
A strong couple relationship requires honesty and openness. To feel an intimate connection with our partner, we need to really know him or her. Our partner cannot truly know us if we keep parts of ourselves, or our lives, hidden.
That is why open communication is so important—not only the functional communication required to make plans and to get things done, but also communication about our inner thoughts and feelings. We cannot be close if we do not reveal ourselves to each other.