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GIVE Skill: Building Bridges of Connection

In the realm of emotional intelligence, the GIVE skill shines as a true gem. GIVE, a fundamental component of DBT, stands for Gentle, Interested, Validating, and Easy manner. This powerful skill serves as a bridge of connection in your interpersonal interactions, allowing you to navigate conflicts and build meaningful relationships.

How to Practice the GIVE Skill:

Gentle Approach: Begin by adopting a gentle and non-confrontational demeanor. Speak softly and avoid aggressive or accusatory language. Let your body language convey openness and approachability.

Interested and Engaged: Show genuine interest in what the other person is saying. Listen actively and attentively, without interrupting. Ask questions to understand their perspective better.

Validation of Feelings: Acknowledge and validate the other person’s emotions, even if you disagree with their point of view. Empathize with their feelings and let them know you understand why they might feel that way.

Easy Manner: Approach interactions with an easygoing attitude. Avoid being overly rigid or stubborn. Be willing to compromise and find common ground when possible.

Why GIVE Works:

The GIVE skill fosters empathy, respect, and understanding in your interactions with others. By approaching conversations gently, you create a safe space for open communication. Showing genuine interest and validation conveys that you value the other person’s emotions and perspective. An easy manner promotes flexibility and eases tensions, making it easier to find resolutions and maintain harmonious relationships.

When to Use GIVE:

GIVE is a versatile skill that can be employed in various situations, especially when engaging in discussions, negotiations, or resolving conflicts. It’s particularly useful when interacting with individuals experiencing distress or strong emotions.

In conclusion, As you journey through the landscape of social connections, keep the GIVE skill close to your heart. Build bridges of understanding and empathy with a gentle approach, genuine interest, validation, and an easygoing attitude. The power of GIVE lies not only in transforming your interactions with others but also in nurturing the growth of harmonious relationships. So, embrace the art of giving and watch as your interpersonal connections blossom into something truly remarkable. Spread the warmth of GIVE, and let the magic of connection unfold. You’ve got the key to meaningful interactions – you’ve got the GIVE skill! 💕🤝😊

The GIVE Skill is one we teach and utilize in our DBT program. Are you interested in learning more about DBT skills? Sign up to get our free DBT Starter Kit straight to your inbox.

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