Sensitivity is such a powerful concept because it can make such a difference to anither person’s experience. When we care we are sensitive to the desires and concerns of those who matter to us, in particular, and of strangers in our world who might feel lost and at sea. We care how they feel; we give them our best and they would do all that in return, too. Mutual giving and respect make up reciprocity which is the greatest source of happiness between a couple.
Thinking for our partners, being sensitive to their moods and being empathetic to their anxieties all help to make a relationship truly pleasurable. When we are thoughtful we value the things that matter to our dates/partners; we give them space to develop their unique selves; we accept them completely as they are without conditions and allow them to be human without judging or criticising them. When we are sensitive to, and thoughtful about, others we give them room to breathe, we value them daily and celebrate their presence. Thoughtfulness allows couples to treat one another as special and to put each other first at every opportunity.
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Sensitivity is at the core of how we treat others. Accepting the person as they are without wanting to change them to suit us; fully acknowledging their values, culture, identity and who they wish to be; valuing their contributions, opinions and inputs, genuinely listening to them and sharing their concerns. These are all essential elements of showing sensitivity to others. When we put ourselves and our needs first, and can only see our values, cultures and what matters to us, we are lacking great sensitivity to those we care for, and interact with, and are actually denying them respect, no matter what we might say to the contrary.
Most important, if we have no sensitivity towards the feelings of others, how can we genuinely expect our sensitivities to be respected and appreciated? Quite simply, if we wish respect for what we represent, value and cherish, unless we are prepared to give it, too, we cannot expect it in return.
Where you have two givers in a relationship, giving 100% to each other, that is a match made in heaven. Resentment and frustration only creep in when there is one definite taker expecting the other person to provide everything or to serve their needs. With reciprocity come sensitivity and respect. When we care we are sensitive to our partner’s desires and concerns; we care how they feel; we give them our best, and they would do all that in return, too. Mutual giving and respect make up reciprocity which is the greatest source of happiness between a couple.