≡ Menu

Creating Harmony in Your Relationship


Do you love a great piece of music, one that makes your heart sing? When the musicians in a band or orchestra are in harmony with each other, it is pure magic, each piece intertwines with each, weaving a tapestry.  If there is discord, with one instrument not in sync, it is jarring. Relationships can be harmonious, if you develop rapport.

Rapport relationship 

Photo by mozzercork

What is rapport?


In order to communicate effectively in any relationship, there needs to be rapport. Rapport is the ability to relate to some one in such a way that there is a deep understanding.  

You might notice that you feel closest to your partner for example when you are in sync, or simpatico. When couples are in deep rapport, they quite often finish each other's sentences. When you are in harmony,it is beautiful, when you have discord, it is miserable.

Have ever seen a couple deeply in love, strolling on the beach, hand in hand? Notice that their stride matches, their heads are tilted at the same angle and they are completely in sync with the rhythm of their movements and tone of voice. That is deep rapport. 

People like people who are like themselves



Even though you might not be consciously aware of it, you like people who are like you.  Can I hear you protesting that you have diverse people in your life?  What do I mean by "like you"?

  • belief systems that are similar
  • core values in common
  • language patterns
  • hobbies/interests
  • thought patterns
  • common history
  • physical traits and mannerisms

Take stock of your closest friends and family.  When you take a deeper look, you will see that the people you are most comfortable with, do have a lot in common with you.  It isn't just the superficial, like where you live, it's the deeper stuff that is important.

Building Rapport in your Relationship


Here is one simple and easy way to build more rapport into your relationships. If you have a partner, this will deepen the love connection that you have with each other.  If you use these rapport building techniques with friends and relatives, your connection will be strengthened as well.

If the person you want to be in more rapport with speaks in a "visual" manner like this:

"I can SEE CLEARLY what you are saying", you can match and mirror by using similar "visual" words and reply, "It LOOKS to me that you are right", or something similar.

For an "auditory" person who says, for example, "I HEAR what you are saying", you can reply "It SOUNDS good to me" or "That RINGS A BELL".

A "kinesthetic" person might say "I FEEL that way too". Your reply appropriately could be "I CATCH YOUR DRIFT", or you could say "I've got a HANDLE on it", depending on the context! Speaking the SAME representational system (visual, auditory, kinesthetic) language, even briefly, can help to cement bonds.

Quality in Relationships

When we have rapport, we feel connected.  We feel that we can trust the other person.  There is deep understanding. When there is deep understanding , whether the relationship is  romantic, child/parent, friend, or colleague, you feel loved and appreciated.

Quality relationships take time.  There are many other ways to develop rapport. You can match and mirror body language, tone of voice, mannerisms, speed of speech, as well. I caution you, that if you do practice rapport with another person, that you not overtly "mimic" them.  Rapport is subtle.

Building rapport is a process that comes naturally and you might not even be aware of how often you really are in sync in your relationships.  The next time that you find yourself standing with a friend and you both cross your arms at the same time, realize that you are in rapport.

If you would like some more phrases that illustrate visual, auditory, and kinesthetic, here are some more examples.


The following two tabs change content below.


I am a Relationship Coach who helps others create happy, healthy, loving relationships…including the relationship they have with themselves…by breaking through those blocks and barriers to success. I use various techniques gathered through training as a Master Practitioner of NLP, timeline, hypnosis and common sense gathered through life experience.

Comments on this entry are closed.

  • L.Jordan June 22, 2013, 7:32 pm

    How do you have rapport with a difficult, high maintenance relative that constantly looks for ways you have upset her, not supported, her, or whatever she can accuse you of doing of not doing?

    • Sherie June 22, 2013, 8:39 pm

      Hmmm….good question…it is very difficult to have rapport with someone who is on the defensive. You can try matching tone of voice and the loudness, as well. Then, you would want to lower the volume and lead your relative to a place of more calm…
      Sherie recently posted..Being the Best Father You Can BeMy Profile

  • L.Jordan June 22, 2013, 7:23 pm

    When can I read the article on the #1 Reason why relationships fail?

    • Sherie June 22, 2013, 8:37 pm

      Hi, that is a free ebook that you can get by inputting your email address in the form under the picture of the book!
      Sherie recently posted..Being the Best Father You Can BeMy Profile

  • Tim Van Milligan November 8, 2011, 3:28 pm

    I agree with you that rapport is built when you have the same values. That is 100% correct. If you walk into a Occupy Wall Street rally, you would probably feel rapport with them because you share the same values with them. And it goes without saying that sharing beliefs will also lead to rapport, because beliefs are an outgrowth of a person’s values.

    If you want to develop rapport with someone, share your values with them that they also have.

    But the other stuff about the preferred representational system (the Visual, Auditory, kinesthetic stuff), has been debunked a long time ago. It isn’t worth taking the time to learn. See: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Representational_systems_%28NLP%29#The_preferred_representational_system_.28PRS.29

    • Sherie November 8, 2011, 7:23 pm

      Tim, thank you taking the time to read my blog post and for your thought full
      comment. Yes, there are many, many ways to build rapport. As I referred to in my post, this is one tool of many tools
      that exist out there and it is one that I have seen put to good use.

      Whether it can be “proven” scientifically or not, is not relevant. There are a
      lot of things that cannot be proven that way, aren’t there? I think we will just
      respectfully agree to disagree.

      Again, I thank you for taking the time to comment. : D

  • Rob Hodgins November 7, 2011, 3:11 pm

    When you have it, you aren’t asking if you have it. You just know.
    If you have to ask if you have it…you don’t.

    • Sherie November 7, 2011, 4:07 pm

      Rob, brilliantly put!! Clear and concise, I like that !! Thank you!