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Listen, Listen, Listen

Posted Oct 14 2008 5:08am

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Listen carefully to what your partner says. Ask direct questions until you really understand what your partner is telling you. Attentive listening is often the greatest gift you can give another person.

We’re often so busy that we barely listen to each other. When we do listen, we’re so busy figuring out what we will need to do about what’s being said or how we are going to respond, that we listen very selectively.


Your assignment, should you choose to accept it:

Take two twenty-minute time periods where you can practice attentively listening to each other. When your partner is speaking, don’t interrupt unless you don’t understand what’s being said. Ask questions only for clarification, and listen to the answers. After your partner finishes speaking, wait at least five seconds before responding.
This is an excerpt from Being Happy Together: How to Have a Fabulous Relationship With Your Life Partner in Less Than an Hour a Week, by Laurie Weiss, Ph.D.

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