It is so easy to think we have heard our partner, when in fact we have been busy defending our position.
We are often afraid that if we see things from their perspective, in a FELT way, we will not be able to maintain our position. This leaves the other person feeling invalidated, that they are not allowed to have their view or feelings. It can leave us feeling misunderstood.
How do you validate your partner’s feelings? Do you slow down and take a moment to imagine what it might be like with their history, way of being, fears, to be in this moment? Do you ever say the most beautiful words on Earth: “I understand why you would feel this way. You make sense?”
When we do this, magic happens. Rather than being trampled over, the other person relaxes their guard, “I have been heard and understood, I can stop pushing so hard.” They soften. There is an opening for something different to emerge.
This is one way to break cycles of unhelpful communication.
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