Women and men have different needs when it comes to communication in a partnership. Whereas most women want to have an exchange, be listened to and understood, men want to deliver a solution; in some cases they withdraw from the situation if that is not possible. When this occurs, most partners feel excluded and threatened.
Relationship problems occur when one partner expects the other one to have the same needs. Normally, one wants to talk about problems and the other one not at all. A misunderstanding is therefore preprogrammed and can strain a relationship to the point of breakdown.