A basic life skill is being able to have difficult conversations with friends, family, neighbors, co-workers, and even perfect strangers ;-)
I want to share a technique for having difficult conversations, which for some people, even talking to anyone is challenging. The "Solution Sandwich" which oddly enough, I learned while in a recovery program for eating disorders. If you or a friend struggles with an eating disorder, please don't wait 20 years like I did to ask for help.
The technique described here has been used by many therapists, professionals, businesses and anyone else who wants to learn how to better communicate with their fellow human beings.
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Rather than empty and low in nutrients, think of a hearty bread and start with...
a genuine statement of empathy or appreciation for the person you are talking to
e.g. I understand how hard it must be to deal with this situation,
or: I appreciate your role in my life so much