Open Up Emotionally
Having continuous and solid communication in emotionally safe environment is extremely important to have a healthy and loving relationship. This is quite difficult most especially when the other person is not showing signs of depression due to his or her silent behavior. The good news is that, there are many great ways on how you could nurture a healthy relationship with such individual and encourage them to open up at the same time.
Number 1. Ignore your fear or rejection – the feeling of being rejected can make you hurt or be angry but still, you’re the same person with the same characteristics and traits. So long as you’re in a loving relationship, it is impossible to be rejected. For the other person to understand you, your feelings and your point of view, it will be crucial to let go of your fear and open up.
Number 2. Expect to make some mistakes – not just that you’ll make mistakes while in a conversation, but so does the other person. Always keep in mind of the fact that we all have our flaws and this is something that we must accept.
Number 3. Forgive – just like what’s said earlier, we are only humans and no one is perfect so try to know how to forgive other people quickly. When you have been hurt, take the initiative to work out the pain you are feeling and to forgive.
Number 4. Don’t accuse, shame or judge – talking about your state of belief or opinion and issues and allow others to have the same courtesy is actually one of the fastest ways to open up emotionally. Always remember that judging, shaming or accusing others is one surefire way to deteriorate any conversation you’re making.
Number 5. Communication isn’t a burden but a privilege – if ever someone has opens up emotionally and share his or her life, it is actually a privilege and not a burden so exert the effort to listen to things that they’re telling you as this is what causing their depression. They have honored and trusted you with their personal information so it is your responsibility to keep it yourself.
Number 6. Keep humor – it is vitally important to keep humor close when having a communication as it will not just lighten the tension but keeps both people relaxed and open.
Number 7. Listen intently – listen not only with your ears but also with your eyes. And by this, try to pay attention to the needs of the person you’re talking to and the gestures they make.
If you’re talking to a person who isn’t expressive and not likely show any symptoms of depression, you may make use of these tips.
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