We know what PO'd looks like, right? I step away real quickly when I witness it...
But what about Pre-Occupied? That can feel nearly as dismissive, when someone you hope will see you really doesn't. They may notice you, but...were you seen?
Make that a goal this holiday weekend.
Simply noticing people works most of the time, with most people...but for those you care about? Take the time to really see them. You'll be filling one of their primal needs.
How do you do that? Still yourself and listen to them, see them.
Seek first, to understand. Okay, hey, this last part...not an original thought!