When building friendships, it is important to put in the effort to listen and understand your friend. It can be easy to take what your friend is talking about, relate to it, and make the conversation about you, but really listening to your friend, understanding your friend and reflecting on what he or she is going through will help you strengthen your bond with him or her. It will help your friend feel more comfortable and secure with you, which will help them open themselves up to you more. Eventually, you will find your friend doing the same for you.
Contributors: GinaMarie Guarino from PsychPoint