How To Open Up Emotionally?
Having continuous and solid communication in emotionally safe environment is extremely important to have a healthy and loving relationship. This is especially difficult when the other person isn’t showing any 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 – 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. You won’t be rejected if you’re in a loving relationship. It is crucial that you let go of your fear and open up so by that, the other person will be able to understand you, your feelings and your point of view.
Number 2. Expect to make some mistakes – it isn’t just you who is going to make mistakes in a conversation but the other person as well. 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. If you have been hurt, then you should take the initiative to work out the pain that you’re feeling and know how 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. They’ve honored and trusted you with their personal information so it’s your responsibility to keep it to yourself.
Number 6. Keep humor – try to keep humor in your conversation as this is capable of lessening the tension but also, keep 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.
You can use these tips whenever you’re talking to a person who is not expressive and not likely show any symptoms of depression.