Open Up Emotionally
Having continuous and solid communication in emotionally safe environment is extremely important to have a healthy and loving relationship. This is actually very difficult particularly if the other person is not showing signs of depression due to his or her silent behavior. The good news is that, there are many great ways on how you could nurture a healthy relationship with such individual and encourage them to open up at the same time.
Number 1. Ignore your fear or rejection - the feeling of being rejected can make you hurt or be angry but still, you're the same person with the same characteristics and traits. If you're in a loving relationship, you will not be rejected. Letting go of fear and opening up is crucial so by that, the other person will be able to understand you, your feelings and your point of view.
Number 2. Expect to make some mistakes - not only that you will make mistakes while in a conversation but so does the other person. Always keep in mind of the fact that we all have our flaws and this is something that we must accept.
Number 3. Forgive - like what is said earlier, we are just humans and no one is perfect so be able to learn how to quickly forgive others. Take the initiative to work out the pain that you're feeling and forgive.
Number 4. Don't accuse, shame or judge - talking about your state of belief or opinion and issues and allow others to have the same courtesy is actually one of the fastest ways to open up emotionally. Always keep in mind that judging, shaming or accusing others is a surefire way of deteriorating any conversation you are making.
Number 5. Communication isn't a burden but a privilege - whenever someone opens up emotionally and share his or her life, it's a privilege and not a burden so make an effort to listen to the things that are causing their depression. They've honored and trusted you with their personal information so it's your responsibility to keep it to yourself.
Number 6. Keep humor - it is vitally important to keep humor close when having a communication as it will not just lighten the tension but keeps both people relaxed and open.
Number 7. Listen intently - listen not only with your ears but also with your eyes. And by this, you should pay attention to the person's needs you're talking to as well as gestures they make.
If you are talking to someone who is not expressive and not likely show any symptoms of depression, you can use these tips.