It's the best to show empathy - know how they feel, get into their mindset. Sometimes you can say things like "it couldn't be avoided" but not in a matter-of-fact way, but a nicer way, I guess. If they feel very bad about it just by being by their side you are helping. Talk with them and see whether they want to talk about it or not. Sometimes people pretend not to want to talk, but in fact they want to tell you everything there is to know about their feelings. Sometimes they just need someone beside them to hug them. Empathy is key.
I have no empathy.
Then go for sympathy instead. Empathy is the ability to feel similar to the person and sympathy is pretty similar. Everyone has empathy (except for sociopaths, perhaps). The only way people differ in their empathy is how they put it to action when they comfort people. Some people just feel awkward about doing it.
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I guess it depends on why you need to confront. Your approach should be different for someone you just caught cheating vs someone you want to confront about an eating disorder..
I'm the person that everyone trusts at my school. I have that reputation, so when something happens to someone even if we'ere not that close, they'll come to me for advice, or maybe just for a shoulder to cry on. Over all just be there for them, make them laugh, and when my best friends boyfriend broke up with her over text at 10pm, she told me right away. I grabbed a few cookies, slipped on slippers and sprinted to her house thats 10 minutes away just to give her food and a hug. We sat on our porch and talked for hours. It's the little things that count. If you do these little things to show you care, those little things can mean something big in their hearts. I've been through some serious shit so i know what i would've wanted when i was upset
I say sweet words and give em some affection.
I honestly usually don't. Except my best friend
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