Any tips? What questions do you ask and what do you support/reinforce? What about if you disagree?
Yes this was always true. And its important to show empathy. Even if you can't help them get through with their problems the thought that you show empathy and listen to them is a big help to lessen up their burden.Be interessted, if you arent interessted in their issues they most probably will recognize. Often much more important is your facial expression, the look in your eyes that tells people. Show affection, like being suprised, signs of empathy. Ask from time to time questions that you would like to know, if something is not clear to you ask straight for it, or if you wonder why she/he did this and not that, something like that.
show approval only if you REALLY approve, do NOT seek for it.
depending on the people show direct that you disagree or try to say it nicely.
Hope this was help, and remember roverred: if you dont wanna her it, dont borther anyway.