Friends acknowledge friends.
Friendship: Friends acknowledge friends. Try thesethree steps to acknowledgment: repeat back; don’t invalidate; and don’t try tochange.
Friends Acknowledge Friends. How to Grow a Friend: Step Three.
Friendship: Friends acknowledge friends. Try thesethree steps to acknowledge your friends: repeat back; don’t invalidate; and don’t try tochange. You are talking to a friend. He starts complaining that a certain situation was not fair. You were an onlooker in this situation and don’t really agree with him. What do you do?
Often when your friend tells you a story or voices a complaint, it doesn’t mean he wants agreement. He may want to be heard and understood. He is really asking for acknowledgment.
Try these three steps to acknowledgment:
1. Repeat Back
- Acknowledge by repeating back to your friend what she said in similar words to show youhave heard and understood her.
- "You were upset today because I was late."
- "I understand that you are upset by what happened."
2. Don’t Invalidate
- It is not necessary to agree with your friend.You do not even need to feel what he said is correct. However, do not invalidate him. Examples of invalidation include:
- "You’re too sensitive."
- "It didn’t happen that way"
3. Don’t Try to Change
- Be satisfied just to acknowledge. Don’t try to change her.
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