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Making lasting friendships the Pokemon way.

Pokémon Concierge discusses relationship building and how to read non-verbal cues.


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The Pokémon series has been a beloved one for years. It is known for its Pokémon (creatures) that inhabit a diverse world, each possessing unique abilities, appearances, and elemental affinities. These creatures are often captured and trained by humans known as Pokémon Trainers to battle each other for sport, friendship, or to accomplish various tasks.

GIF via Tenor

In Pokémon Concierge, a slightly different world is shared with us. Taking a ‘slice of life’ approach, it shows us the light-heartedness of the Pokémon world as well as how Haru manages her role as the main person behind the care of these Pokémon.

IMG via Pokémon

Building relationships with different personalities 

Just like us with different personalities and temperaments, Pokémon have their own distinctive traits. Some are mischievous, some are fierce, while others are incredibly friendly.

As a front person, Haru takes on the challenging task of getting to know these Pokémon, while also ensuring that they have a good time. Forging relationships with different personalities can be an enriching and rewarding experience.

Here are some tips on how to do it effectively:

1. Find Common Ground

Identifying common goals or interests can foster understanding and bring everyone together despite their differences.

2. Respect and Open-mindedness

Just as how we would want to be respected for our opinions, we should acknowledge and appreciate that everyone is unique. Respect their perspectives, and preferences, and embrace diversity in ways of thinking.

3. Flexibility and compromise

Working together on a day-to-day basis or even school projects or tasks, by leveraging each person’s strengths and skills.

However, we should be willing to adapt our approach or behavior to accommodate others’ preferences when appropriate.

  1. Empathy and Compassion

Try to understand others’ feelings and perspectives by putting yourself in their shoes. Extend kindness when there are differences in opinion or personality clashes.

  1. Constructive Feedback

If you need to reveal the blind-side to your friends, offer feedback constructively and respectfully.

6. Time and Patience

Building relationships and understanding between different personalities takes time. Be patient.

7. Seek Mediation if Needed

In cases of significant conflicts or misunderstandings, seek a mediator or facilitator to help find common ground.

8. Communication

Listen attentively to understand others’ viewpoints without judgment. Express your thoughts and feelings clearly and respectfully. Encourage others to do the same. This also helps in preventing assumptions or inaccurate initial impressions.

However, just as Haru struggled with understanding the Pokémon and communicating with them, sometimes, we tend to not understand our peers. This is because many of us haven’t acquired the skill of communication, or sometimes, prefer not to express our thoughts and feelings.

IMG via Variety 

“Reading people’s minds”: Non-verbal cues 

“The Pokémon don’t exactly tell you what makes them happy. Well, most humans won’t say it to your face either:” 

Understanding non-verbal cues is a valuable skill that helps in communication and social interactions. Here are some common non-verbal cues and their potential meanings.

1. Body Language

Posture: A straight posture might convey confidence, while slumped shoulders might indicate sadness or low confidence.

Eye Contact: Sustained eye contact often indicates interest and engagement, while avoiding eye contact might signify discomfort or shyness.

2. Facial Expressions

Smiling: Indicates happiness, friendliness, or agreement.

Frowning: Indicates displeasure, confusion, or concern.

3. Tone of Voice

Pitch and Tone: A higher pitch might indicate excitement or stress, while a lower pitch could signify calmness or seriousness.

Volume: Loudness can convey emotions like anger, enthusiasm, or urgency.
Proximity and personal space

Invasion or respect of personal space can convey comfort or discomfort. Where someone positions themselves in a room might indicate comfort or interest in a conversation.

4. Mirroring

Subtly mimicking someone’s body language or actions might indicate rapport or connection.

5. Context and Environment

Interactions with objects (like fidgeting with a pen or tapping feet) can indicate nervousness or impatience.

Tips for Understanding Non-Verbal Cues
  • Context Matters: Consider the situation and context when interpreting cues.

  • Be Mindful: Be aware of your own non-verbal cues and how they might be perceived.

  • Ask for Clarification: When in doubt, politely ask for clarification to avoid misinterpretation.

(Keiling, 2023)

GIF via Tenor

Overall, the Pokémon world is not that different from ours. Learning how to assimilate different personalities to build friendships is something we can all benefit from. Remember, the goal isn’t to change anyone but to create an environment where diverse personalities can coexist harmoniously.

IMG via NintendoSupply

 

Here’s more tips to help you find that bestie for life and build relationships that last:

Caring Conversations

Finding out what’s wrong

Adaptability

 

How to manage conflict in teams

 

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