Extraordinary communication is critical to any relationship and at any stage of a relationship. In a new relationship, being able to discuss your likes, dislikes, history and future are very important. You need to be confident enough in yourself to bring up sensitive topics even if you know that the subject might be a deal breaker for your mate. It is better to find out early on than to develop emotional connections and then find out you or your mate has a past that you (or they) are not willing to live with going forward.
In a mature relationship you will discover potentially sensitive issues that need to be discussed. You need to feel confident that your mate will respect you enough to create a safe environment to talk. They need to receive and feel the same from you. By safe environment we mean that the subject matter will not be used to berate, belittle, harm or embarrass the other person in any way…now or in the future.
Addressing sensitive topics can build a much deeper level of trust and respect because of your openness and willingness to talk about tough subjects.