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

Keep each other’s counsel

Never share personal information about each other with friends or family members.

Listen attentively

Encourage each other to share freely without the fear of criticism or dismissal. Help the other party feel safe to release their emotions and thoughts. 

Be open to each other

Share your true feelings with each other and be patient as the other party tries to articulate fears and insecurities.

Appreciate often

Watch your tendencies to be critical of each other. Learn to be appreciative and positive toward each other’s work.

Talk about your problems

Be intentional and open about discussing problems between you two, and what you hope to see changes.