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5 strategies to start difficult conversations with compassion: Therapist shares tips

Published on Apr 07, 2024 02:17 PM IST

  • From reaffirming our love for them to choosing a calm place for having conversations, here are a few strategies that can help us.

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Published on Apr 07, 2024 02:17 PM IST

Having difficult conversations can be tricky. While we want to put our perspective forward, we also want to ensure that we do not somehow end up hurting the other person. “Having difficult conversations is never easy, but they are worthwhile because they make your life easier,” wrote Therapist Klara Kernig as she shared a few tips by which we can have difficult conversations all the while being compassionate and empathetic.(Shutterstock)

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Before starting the conversation, we should ensure that we are in a clear and compassionate state of mind to stay calm during the discussion. (Unsplash)
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Published on Apr 07, 2024 02:17 PM IST

Before starting the conversation, we should ensure that we are in a clear and compassionate state of mind to stay calm during the discussion. (Unsplash)

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During vulnerable discussions, no one likes having an audience around. Hence, we need to choose a place that is calm and silent. (Unsplash)
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Published on Apr 07, 2024 02:17 PM IST

During vulnerable discussions, no one likes having an audience around. Hence, we need to choose a place that is calm and silent. (Unsplash)

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Begin gently. We should start by saying how much we appreciate them and are emotionally connected to them so that they know that in spite of a difficult conversation, we love them enough. (Pexels)
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Published on Apr 07, 2024 02:17 PM IST

Begin gently. We should start by saying how much we appreciate them and are emotionally connected to them so that they know that in spite of a difficult conversation, we love them enough. (Pexels)

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We should brace ourselves for an initial pushback. We should know that people have their own ways of handling difficult conversations. (Unsplash)
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Published on Apr 07, 2024 02:17 PM IST

We should brace ourselves for an initial pushback. We should know that people have their own ways of handling difficult conversations. (Unsplash)

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Before wrapping up, we should ensure that we reaffirm the importance of the relationship and how much they mean to us. (Unsplash)
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Before wrapping up, we should ensure that we reaffirm the importance of the relationship and how much they mean to us. (Unsplash)

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