The Role of Empathy in Enhancing Men’s Relationship Skills (2 of 5)

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2. Listen carefully with your full attention

Active listening is more than just waiting for your turn to talk. Give your partner your undivided attention by making eye contact, putting away distractions, and focusing on both verbal and nonverbal cues. Try reflecting back on what you’ve heard to ensure understanding. Phrases like “It sounds like you’re feeling frustrated” show you’re engaged and create a deeper sense of connection, fostering a more meaningful exchange between you and your partner.

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3. Validate Their Feelings

Don’t underestimate the power of simply reflecting back your partner’s emotions. By paraphrasing what they’ve said and acknowledging their feelings, you show them you’ve heard them and care. This “mirroring” validates their experience and strengthens the emotional connection between you. Yes, it might be humbling to realize you haven’t grasped everything perfectly. But by making the effort to understand, you create a safe space for open communication and build a foundation for empathy to flourish.