It might be a hard – but worthy – habit to get into, but asking friends for emotional consent will bring you closer together, I think.
I know there are days I wish I had this relationship with all my friends.
That two-word phrase is used often these days when sexual consent is discussed. Those two words are right: consent matters, when it comes to sexual consent.
However, when you are hoping to possibly vent about a bad day at work or share something emotional or burdensome with something else, it’s also important to seek consent for doing that with the person you’re hoping to discuss with/vent to. In other words, another form of consent, that I call emotional consent, is important.
Emotional consent is when you seek someone else’s permission to tell them something(s) involving deep emotions or burdens. Through exercising this form of consent, you can share emotional, burdensome things only when the listener is physically, mentally, and emotionally able to handle it.
At this point, some of you might be thinking this: “Okay, emotional consent sounds great, but how can I exercise this?” I have three…
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