"Only connect": EM Forster
Although I value my solitude, I still have a high need to connect with others; I suspect most people share that need if not necessarily to the same degree as I. What I'm often uncertain about is the depth of the connections I've made with others. How do you assess the depth of the connections you've made? What kinds of indications do you look for?
It is possible that connecting more deeply is related to being vulnerable. I've had my fair share of relationships where I wanted to get to a deeper level of connection but my overtures were not reciprocated; that can be painful. But, if I'd not opened myself up how would I get deeper with someone? I can also recall times when I was on the other end of that equation and likely caused someone else some pain.
Who do you know that you sense is particularly adept at connecting? What do they do differently than you do (if anything?) How vulnerable are you willing to be to get to a deeper level of connecting?