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 – 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. Always remember that each and every one of us has its own flaws and that is something that we have to accept.
Number 3. Forgive – we are only humans and no one is perfect so learn how to quickly forgive others like what’s said earlier. Take the initiative to work out the pain that you’re feeling and forgive.
Number 4. Don’t accuse, shame or judge – one of the fastest ways actually to open up emotionally is to talk about state of your belief or opinion and issues and allow others to have the same courtesy. A surefire way to end a conversation that you have is judging, shaming or accusing others so never do that.
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 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 just with your ears but with your eyes at the same time. And by this, try to pay attention to the needs of the person you’re talking to and the 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.