How often have you come away from a conversation feeling like you just weren't heard? How does that make you feel about the other person? About the prospects for a satisfying, stimulating relationship? About working together? About yourself?
Being a good listener is not enough to create a communicative, respectful, conflict-resolving relationship — but it's utterly essential to that process. And it's a good place to start.
You may have already come across the following phrases: active, reflective or empathic listening. These all describe listening that is more than silence. It means:
What good does this do? Try it. You will usually find that active listening works well in many ways:
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