On separate pieces of paper, write your answers to the following questions. Don't help each other or share your responses until the end.
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After you've written your answers down, take some time to share your responses. See how close you were to getting it right.
You develop empathy within a relationship by regularly listening to each other's thoughts and feelings.
Seeing the world from your partner's point of view helps to build closeness as well as respect for your partner's individuality.
A long term relationship has to be based on more than shared likes and mutual dislikes.
You and your partner may agree 99% of the time, but it's that 1% that can spell disaster if there's no empathy between you.
What you need to create empathy is to listen - REALLY LISTEN - to your partner when they speak.
Listening doesn't mean waiting for your turn to talk. It means :
Even if you don't agree with their opinions or feel the same way, you can acknowledge that your partner has a right to their feelings.
One sign is that you assume your partner has the same needs and boundaries as you do and that they experience life the same way as well.
The secret to a successful relationship, whether you're the couple that agrees 99 percent of the time or the couple with seemingly nothing in common, is EMPATHY. Now you have the skills to brew some up in your relationship.
The secret sauce in a happy relationship isn't magic; it's empathy.
Sympathy is when you feel pity at someone, or are sad due to the hardships of a person. Empathy is when you are able to put yourself into what they are going through.
Example: If someone gets a fracture while bike riding, you feel sympathy for them, but if someone gets a fracture and you also fell from your bike and suffered a fracture a while ago, you feel empathy for them.
The traditional definition of codependency focuses on control, nurturing, and maintenance of relationships with individuals who are chemically dependent or engaging in undesirable behaviors, such as narcissism.
A classic codependency model is an alcoholic husband and his enabling wife.
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