Here’s how you can connect with your friend better:

Respect your friend’s independence

Don’t pressure your friend into accompanying you to every social event. He/she needs plenty of privacy and time alone.

Give your friend time to respond

When you present a situation to your friend, don’t expect him/her to respond right away; especially when it involves feelings. Step back and give time for your friend to ponder.

Support your friend’s ideas

Your friend probably has many ideas he/she wishes to see executed. Encourage these ideas and find ways you can practically support.

Help your friend read people

Offering your insights and suggestions about people’s feelings is one way to deepen the connection with your friend. It is one of his/her weaker areas.

Learn about your friend’s interests

Interest yourself in areas that your friend is passionate about so that you both can have intelligent conversations about them!