As individuals, we are at our most relaxed and reposed best when we create and maintain close relationships or connections with our fellow humans. Building genuine connections however can be difficult – especially when you’re a young adult or millennial.
Our world is so complex and there’s so much digital architecture being created that we the youth end up building barriers between ourselves and achieving intimacy and connections. We’re being encouraged to believe that everyone wants to be interacted with at arm’s length, through a screen and not face to face or in real-time.
Excellent interpersonal connections can enhance the way that you make friends, your interpersonal interactions and your career prospects. Building intimacy needs a foundation of authenticity, which means embracing our own individuality and being confident when we communicate it to others.
Taking the time to get to know people and connecting with said people, can lead to a better understanding of them and in the long-term ourselves too. Misunderstandings can be rife when we don’t fully comprehend how others think, their perspectives and their motivations.
Understanding others helps to create key allies and we can do this by aligning the way we approach and interact with people we want to connect with.
Undoubtedly, authentic empathy doesn’t come naturally to some people, but if it’s a trait you possess then embracing it is paramount. High-quality connections are created when people feel valued and engaged, conducting yourself with empathy is a big part of this.
How can you start to practice empathy? Self-awareness and the ability to reflect are a massive part of this process and if you can learn to be constructively critical of your own actions and ideas in accordance with how they affect others around you, you’re on your way there I’d say.
It’s natural for us as humans to seek out close and authentic relationships with others and we shouldn’t neglect this no matter our circumstance, in an era where technology is creating more and more distance it is important for us to keep and protect our personal relations.
By trying to connect with others and using emotional intelligence, empathy, and humility to build relationships, you’ll find that people around you respond in a better way and you can have a deeper mutual connection and understanding.