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

Be patient with the sharing

When sharing, your friend may seem long-winded. Be patient, don’t interrupt and listen attentively.

Share your feelings

Your friend likely doesn’t grasp the depth of emotions you feel. Explain yourself as simply as possible but don’t expect your friend to ‘connect-the-dots’.

Give the details

Sharing the details of events and his/her interaction with people is your friend’s way of connecting with you. Likewise, share the details with your friend, don’t just give the gist.

Be practical

You may appear too idealistic to your friend. What your friend wants to know is if something is practical or executable.

Focus on what has worked before

Your friend is cautious and may not want to try new things. To overcome that, show a track record of success stories.