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  • Writer's pictureDr. J Rodriguez

Speaking With Someone Who Is Hurting

Updated: Sep 15, 2022

We can only imagine the unbridled depths of another person's suffering. We can only imagine the unbridled depths of their despair. We can only hope that being with them and sharing the burden can be enough to make a difference in this moment and the next.

At times, all you can say is: "I don't know exactly what you are going through right now, but I know how I feel as I am with you. You're not alone. I'm here with you. What can I do to support you?"

Moving from empathy to action can open a space for dialogue and take you in a direction that works.

Note: An earlier version of this adapted content was published in another format, focusing on useful strategies for managing relationships at work, at home, and at play. Feel free to follow Dr. J on Twitter @JRodriguez_PhD (J. Rodriguez, Ph.D.) or visit online at

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