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Rapport

This is the feeling of trust and comfort we have when we’re with someone who knows, hears, understands, accepts, and values us. Some people call it chemistry. It is usually the result of a close association between two people who have shared experiences or who share a common philosophy or background. Sometimes rapport comes quickly—often because of shared interests or perhaps because a person reminds you of someone with whom you already have rapport—but usually it takes years to develop.

Rapport is the foundation of most of our relationships. Without it, no matter how much we may like or respect another person, we feel distant, removed, or out-of-sync with people for whom we may otherwise have high regard or respect. With it, we may disagree or see some things differently, but we still feel that we basically have a connection, an identifiable bond, with someone else—sometimes with people we have very little in common with.


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