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When you and your partner are in a tough spot, having difficult conversations may feel like the last thing you want do–but it’s probably just what you need. It’s easy to tip toe around the elephant in the room, or avoid having one of those long hard talks because you just don’t have the energy to hash it out, but that silence could be the very thing that destroys your relationship.

“Having the opportunity to talk about these touchy areas creates closeness and allows for conflicts to be addressed and acknowledged, which is incredibly healthy for relationships,” licensed psychotherapist Shirin Peykar, LMFT, told Bustle. “Authenticity breeds closeness even if there is a disagreement.”

Transparency acts as relationship glue. Even if bringing up these topics invokes fear, it’s important to work past the anxiety in order to get to the next level of understanding in your relationship.

Bustle compiled a list of difficult convos to have with your partner, even if you don’t want to do it.

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