July 29, 2020

Do we cause people to not open up by not reacting well when they do?

Kayleigh Esplin

Digital acrylic painting‘Keeping quiet’, 20207016px by 4961px

In the age of depression and high suicide rates we shout from the rooftops about how we are here to listen. You should talk to me, you should open up; but what happens when someone does? Do you listen? When someone opens up to us, our reaction for hundreds of different reasons can cause one to retreat back and regret trying to talk about what’s going on in their heads. Before replying to someone who is opening up, ask yourself this… Is this response caring? Is this response understanding? Does this response belittle their feelings? Is this response judgemental? Am I supporting what they actually need from me?