When a person is given a chance to tell his views without the threat of judgment or advice, even if his listener does not agree, that is the first step toward creating good feelings. A sense of openness on both sides allows for discussion and problem solving.
Self-esteem grows from the respect that comes from being heard. People are better able to attend to school lessons, projects, and the responsibilities of the workplace when basic emotional needs, like being understood, have been met. Henry David Thoreau said, “The greatest compliment that was ever paid to me was when someone asked me what I thought, and attended to my answer.”
When confidence grows, we are better able to discover our potential and positively influence others. Mindful listening has the power to change the direction of our lives and those we come in contact with every day.
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The Zen of Listening: Why Mindful Listening Makes a Difference
by Rebecca Z. Shafir, M.A. CCC.
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