Going to try my best to put this in a succinct poll. I know I don't post here often, but FI and I have been going through some stressful times in the past month or so and it got me thinking about this. In general, we have learned to communicate better and better with each other over the course of our relationship (4.5 years) but there are still times when he just reverts back to his old habits- namely, sitting silently and not saying anything or contributing to the conversation. I guess he's just not always good at articulating his feelings or ideas, but it leaves me feeling like we haven't made progress or that he doesn't care. I know this is something we'll continue to work on, but it's so frustrating at times. I can talk 'til the cows come home, but it doesn't work if it's only a one way conversation!
In addition to the poll, I'd be greatly appreciative if you have any advice on what has worked for you to improve communication if your two styles differ. Thanks, ladies!