Are You Truly Listening to Others?
Listening is an art that leads to understanding, empathy and connection. However, in an age of fake news, interrupting and shouting, it can appear that listening isn't really as powerful as it actually is.
Try listening to a person without interruption. Look at them when they speak. When they are done speaking, acknowledge what they have said, even repeating back what you have heard for clarification.
Truly listening to others - instead of just thinking of what you will say next - is a sign or respect to the other person. But even more importantly, it is a sign of self-respect.
Cheryl Deaner, LMFT #36764