Interpersonal Effectiveness: DEAR MAN

Communicating what we need (safety, satisfaction, connection/intimacy, etc.) to others can be a tricky experience. The DEAR MAN acronym can be used as a guide to objectively express one’s needs and desires to others. This approach can increase the likelihood of getting one’s needs met in a relationship, while respecting the other person.

Download the DEAR MAN resource HERE or read it below.


  • If you are in emotional distress, here are some resources for immediate help:

  • National Suicide Prevention Hotline:
    Call 1-800-273-8255
  • Crisis Text Line:
    Text Home to 741-741
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