Both of us are introverts. We bonded over things like Star Trek, Marvel/Ghibli movies, and playing Nintendo games together. We have similar values though I'm far more optimistic. Our circles of nonfamily friends have dwindled from moving far away from the people we knew and not getting new local ones.
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You always maintained your impartiality with us. You encouraged Rita to be more assertive in stating what she wanted to get from your counseling sessions, as well as what she wanted to get from the relationship.
You taught both of us better communication between ourselves, which lead to an emotional comfort level between us that didn't exist before.
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