The use of empathy and listening skills–empathic listening–sometimes leads to good relationships, emotional intimacy, and happy marriages. Their use may also lead to a conversation partner feeling like she or he is receiving a hug–a “psychological hug.”
To help you decide if you want to continue reading, you may want to know my qualifications for writing the information on this site. I, Lawrence J. Bookbinder, Ph.D., am a former psychologist who retired after over 30 years of practicing clinical psychology. For more information about my qualifications, go to the last page of this site.