And that there's enough trust so that it's OK to share the truth of what's really happening in each others lives.
If you don't have open communication, then you by definition don't have HONESTY.
Oftentimes you, as the girlfriend, are the VERY LAST person to find out what's REALLY going on inside the mind of the man you're with. Not to mention the embarrassment that you feel realizing that everyone else might have known what was going on with him but you... Because you, and only you, have the power and the responsibility to create your relationship and make it what you want.
and they just sat there and watched and said nothing. But how is it that other couples, and other women have men and relationships in their lives where the man they're with can and does tell them ANYTHING and EVERYTHING going on with him first... Especially if you're the one who's more "tuned in" to what might be a problem around communication in your relationship.
There are 3 elements every relationship needs if it's going to LAST. And in your attempts at getting a man to like you and want to be with you...