Listening versus Fixing

This VIDEO is a great example of how to listen to support versus fix. An important component of a supportive relationship is the ability to listen to understand versus respond. Validation therefore trumps fixing. Therapy often discusses ways to have a stress reducing conversation, where we can discuss external stressors within the support of our relationship. This builds bonds, safety, trust, and connection. Feeling heard is a powerful need that we all have, and if done in our relationship- can foster a strong sense of friendship that helps us navigate the rougher waters that come from conflict. If this sounds like an area that you or your partner struggle with, then don’t worry! That is common. However it can have a powerful impact on the overall relationship and/or relationship satisfaction, so let us know if we can help 🙂