Active listening is a communication technique used in counseling, it requires the listener to feed back what they hear to the speaker, by re-stating or paraphrasing what they heard in their own words, in order to confirm what they heard and to confirm the understanding of both parties. Active listening is important for successful interactions.
Try these strategies to really improve your listening skills:
- Look at the other person. People send clues through facial expressions and body language, use what your eyes see to help your ears listen.
- Reflect back on emotions. Use phrases like “it seems like you’re feeling angry, is that right?”
- Use open ended questions. Open ended questions gives the individual a chance to explain and give more information.
- Reflect on meaning. Reflecting what you understood someone to mean is a great way to keep both individuals on the same page.
If we put in the work to be an active listener, we can avoid more later that may involve repairing resentment, hurt feelings, and unhappiness.
The counselors at Star Point Counseling Center can help you become a better listener by teaching you techniques and skills that will improve your communication with others.
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