Nov 03 2007

Empathy: Key to Building Intimacy in Relationships

Empathy is our ability to deeply understand and relate to the thoughts, feelings, and life experience of others.

Some of the ways we express empathy are by making eye contact, listening closely, reflecting back the thoughts and feelings you are experiencing from the other person.
Husbands and wives, life partners, significant others, parents and children, all experience empathy as the vital source of support and love.

When someone we love is hurting, it is a wonderful gift to spend time with them, listening, and reflecting back to them that we understand how they are feeling.

Next time you are alone with your partner, sit down with them, get close, look into their eyes, ask them how their day was and how they are feeling. It will be good for you too.

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