Open Up Emotionally
If you wish to have a healthy and loving relationship, then it is extremely important to have a continuous and solid communication in emotionally safe environment. This is actually very difficult particularly if the other person is not showing signs of depression due to his or her silent behavior. The good thing is, there are 7 ways on how you can nurture healthy relationship with such person and let them to open up at the same time.
Number 1. Ignore your fear or rejection – it can make you hurt or be angry to have the feeling of being rejected but still, you will be the same person who has 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. Each and every one of us has its flaws and that’s something that we should accept so always remember that.
Number 3. Forgive – we are only humans and no one is perfect so learn how to quickly forgive others like what’s said earlier. 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 – whenever someone opens up emotionally and share his or her life, it’s a privilege and not a burden so make an effort to listen to the things that are causing their depression. It’s your responsibility to keep it yourself as they have honored and trusted you with their personal information.
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 just with your ears but with your eyes at the same time. And by this, you should pay attention to the person’s needs you’re talking to as well as gestures they make.
If you are talking to someone who is not expressive and not likely show any symptoms of depression, you can use these tips.