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How many of you have ever taken text messages out of context? Have you read into these text messages a meaning that didn’t exist, and get it entirely wrong? You’re not alone.

As a therapist I always recommend face to face conversations over text messages, especially when it comes to talking about difficult issues or trying to resolve a disagreement.

When you’re face to face with someone, you can read their body language and tone of voice and that can lend a whole different meaning to a sentence or comment vs. the stark black and white of emotionless text messages. Even messages with the best intentions can be misconstrued.

I do recommend you use text messages to court and flirt with your partner, to tease and joke with them, and to send loving reminders that you’re thinking about them.

Do your important communication in the same room, avoid starting a text war and save your text messages for the fun stuff.

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Stuart Fensterheim, LCSW helps couples to overcome the disconnection in their relationships. As an author, blogger and podcaster, Stuart has helped couples around the world to experience a unique relationship in which they can feel special and important, confident in knowing they are loved deeply and that their presence matters. The Couples Expert Podcast consists of weekly provocative conversations offering the perspectives and insight of experts from a variety of relationship related fields. Stuart also offers daily relationship video tips on The Couples Expert YouTube channel and by subscription in Stuart's Daily Notes. Stuart is happily married and a devoted father of 2 daughters. His office practice serves the greater Phoenix, Arizona area including the cities of Scottsdale, Chandler, Tempe, and Mesa.