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Validating Your Partner

  1. Pay attention - put down your phone, make eye contact

  2. Respond with your face – nod once in a while, smile, look concerned

  3. Put aside judgments

  4. Reflect back what you heard and check to be sure you got it right

  5. Ask clarifying questions

  6. Acknowledge your partner’s experience – this does not mean you agree

  7. Treat your partner as an equal

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