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  • Writer's picturePremanandhan Narayanan

Nurturing Empathy and Resilience: Responding with Calmness to Challenges in Relationships

In our role as parents, we understand the inevitability of our children occasionally falling ill, often due to exposure to viruses brought home from school. Instead of scolding them, we prioritize their well-being, taking them to the hospital for proper treatment and care. Similarly, we may even contract colds or fevers from our children, but we handle the situation with understanding and compassion, without blaming them for our own illnesses.

This approach of empathy and calmness can also be extended to challenges within our relationships with friends and relatives. When faced with conflicts or problems caused by those close to us, reacting with anger, blame, or making a big fuss can exacerbate the situation and strain the relationship further. Instead, by adopting a cool and calm demeanor, we create a space for open communication and constructive problem-solving.

Just as we prioritize our children's health, we can prioritize the well-being of our relationships. Rather than assigning blame or harboring resentment, we can approach these challenges with understanding, seeking to address the root causes and find meaningful solutions. By adopting an empathetic perspective, we can better comprehend the circumstances that led to the problem, offering support and assistance to our friends or relatives, much like we would for our own children.

Maintaining a cool and calm demeanor allows us to de-escalate conflicts, encouraging a collaborative and respectful environment. It provides an opportunity to practice active listening, understanding differing perspectives, and working towards mutually beneficial outcomes. By choosing empathy over anger, we lay the foundation for stronger, more resilient relationships that can withstand and overcome challenges.


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