GIVE – How to keep and maintain relationships
entle – be gentle in your delivery and style of speech.
nterested – people feel better when you act interested in them and give them the time and space to respond to you.
alidate – communicating that the other person’s feelings, thoughts, and actions make sense to you.
asy manner – be lighthearted. Use a little humor. Smile. The way we deliver a message can make a big difference in how it is likely to be received.
Not only do our relationships impact our emotions, our emotions impact our relationships.
FAST – How to maintain self-respect
It is also important to maintain your own self-respect in your relationships.
Walking the Middle Path
One of the goals of DBT is to “walk the middle path.”
Emotion regulation skills focus on understanding emotions, building resilience, and decreasing both vulnerability and suffering through skill use.
Bad things happen to all of us at some point or another.