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How To Be an Empathetic Friend

Posted on :2012-09-15 in

When we feel let down, we want to be in the company of people who can comfort by their presence. We want to vent out all our anger and feelings of frustration on someone close to us.

However, not each one of us have the privilege of being blessed with such an empathetic friend in our lives. Only a lucky few can relate to our feelings and bear our mood swings. It is important to be an empathetic friend if we too want to have someone who can be a healer in times of our distress.

It might seem a little difficult to act as a healer and a patient friend but here are a few tips that will help us acquire the skill to be empathetic to our buddies during their rough patch.

Be A Good Listener

The surest way to impress a girl is to appear as an eager person who wishes to know more about her. Most girls love to get attention and the best way to show them that you are interested in them is to listen to them attentively. Look into the eyes of your girl when she is speaking to make her feel special. Avoid fiddling with your phone or gazing at some other girl sitting beside your table.
 

How To Be an Empathetic Friend

Show Affection

When a person comes to you to blurt out his feelings in anger or in a bad mood, try and calm down his/her nerves by showing affection. Sometimes, a simple hug or a soft touch of hand on the shoulders or even a high-five can show your empathetic side and work wonders in cooling down the frayed nerves of a person. Extend support to your friend and show that you are beside them in times of their need.

Avoid rushing in to give advice

Sometimes, when a person approaches you to vent out his feelings or frustration, he/she is in no mood to listen to long lectures of how they should or should not react in such circumstances. In fact rather than offering their advice immediately, try and gauge the situation to see if they are in a mood to pay heed to your suggestions. Sometimes, people just want someone to listen to them without being returned with an advice. Therefore, avoid firing off advice as soon as you hear the problem as it might make the situation more difficult. Wait for the right moment to give them the suitable advice.

Acknowledge your friend’s right to feel the way they do

When a close friend comes to you in a bad mood, accept that he/she has the right to feel the way they are feeling. Acknowledge of their feelings will offer them with some comfort and they will be happy to approach you again when there is a similar problem next time. You can use statements such as “I can understand what made you react this way” or “I would have been upset too if it would have happened with me.”  This will show them that you fully understand their emotions.
 

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