'How might I react if I were in the same situation as So-and-So?' We ask that question about others and those we're closest to. It's one of the first questions we must ask if we're to help in some way. Before we can offer assistance, we need to know in what way or ways we might be required to assist. It's important that you gain a more accurate measure of a certain close companion. To do this, just imagine how you'd deal with what they're dealing with currently.