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Sunday, July 16, 2023

Points on Relatability

 #1  There is such a thing as trying too hard to be relatable. It comes off as forced and/or fake. Possibly desperate, too. This can push others away. However, if you’re simply confident and accepting of who you are, disclosing sides of you to let others know that you’re on the same page and can understand each other, when it seems helpful, then you’ve done your part and the rest is up to them.

 #2  The more life experiences you have, the more you will be able to relate to different people from different walks of Earth and at different stages, as they will also be able to relate to you. But be wary of oversimplifying and minimizing others’ experiences to fit your own limited ones.

 #3  Flaws, shortcomings, mistakes, and so on are more relatable than perfection and magnificence, which instead evoke awe and admiration (if not envy and other negative responses). It does not mean that you must stay in the former, but it does signal that they aren’t as shameful as one could be led to believe (unless too serious).

 #4  Relatability promotes communication, fosters trust, and forms bonds. There’s a sense of relief that accompanies the ability to relate to someone, as though showing that having a relationship with them won’t be as hard and difficult as it could be otherwise.

 #5  It is validating and inclusive to be related to. It acknowledges that our struggles and triumphs are shared, as well as our traits, and that we are not alone in our joys and sorrows.