From the moment we arrive on this planet we start listening. That is, if we are blessed with a proper hearing system. Listening helped us to acquire language, culture and meaning. And it will probably come as no surprise that effective listening is far more than directing our ears toward the other person. How do we listen and to what end?
While simple to initiate, active reflective listening is hard to maintain. To listen empathically is to lean in to the other attentively, with a willingness to be changed by what we hear. We start off by directing our attention and presence toward the person speaking to us.
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