Being a Compassionate Listener

Remember, being a compassionate listener is much more important than giving advice.

I have to admit that it amazes me that many of us don’t know this. Most people listen to respond instead of listening to understand.  You are not helping the wounded individual by ‘shoving’ your well-meaning advice at them.

The best help is practical. Listening to and actively assisting. Both of these tools take little words.

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  1. I agree completely! I know I can talk to someone, and they act like they are listening, but they are really just listening to respond. Because, later they are totally clueless about what you actually said. I think it is important with anyone to pay attention and listen attentively…the only way to really give a caring response.

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