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Improve Your Relationships

How? You may ask. It’s simple, LISTEN.

Good listening can help tame your fear about relationships, meeting new people, lessen social anxiety, and boost your overall confidence. This is will help you not only meet new potential friends, but also depend all of your current relationships.

So here goes few listening techniques which you might want to incorporate into your lives unless you are happy alone :

  • Listen to Listen, not to Reply – Often we think about what we’re going to say next instead of really listening to the person we’re talking with. Give them your attention, and trust you brain to come up with a response when it’s time.
  • Pause before Responding – Giving a 2-3 second pause before responding allows someone the space to continue speaking and share what they really want to share.
  • Remember Individuality – We are all different people. When we enter a conversation knowing this, misunderstandings will happen much less often. We’ll learn to understand, rather than to judge.
  • Understand their Emotions – Empathy is a great way of doing this, but it’s not the only way. Try to increase your emotional intelligence.
  • Confused? Speak Up – None of us are perfect. If you’re confused, that’s okay. Just politely ask the person to repeat what they said.
  • Paraphrase – Paraphrasing is something I often use in coaching, but it works wonders in everyday relationships too.
  • Don’t give Advice – Unless they ask you, do not give advice. Unsolicited advice is a huge turn off. Sometimes we just need someone to talk to.

Listening is an art, it is a good virtue to have.

34 replies »

    • Thank you. I am glad you liked them. Relationships are important to us. As humans, the relationships we form with other people are vital to our mental and emotional wellbeing, and really, our survival. A positive relationship can be shared between any two people who love, support, encourage and help each other practically as well as emotionally.

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    • Thank you Abhinav. Simple is not easy these days πŸ™‚ A key tenet of the Golden Rule is that how you act toward another person does not depend on how that individual acts toward you. In other words, you adhere to principles of secure functioning even when others don’t.

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  1. GREAT article Garima! Love all the information you have mentioned and I totally agree with you. If we respond in the right way, a lot of problems in relationships can be solved smoothly. Thank you very much for sharing this!

    Have a wonderful day 🌹

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    • Thank you Vihani. Listening is a relationship skill most of us haven’t learned. Active listening is, if practiced and mastered, the best gift you can give your partner. Listening shows you are engaged and interested in what your partner has to say. Listening also entails paying attention to your own and your partner’s body language.

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