4 things all great listeners know
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Effectively listening is often equated with active listening — or the practice of hearing the intended ideas of others with understanding. If you would like to improve your own active listening skills, Kwantlen Polytechnic University offers a helpful guide on its central tenets and how to apply them in conversation. Researchers suggest that these principles have the potential to impact every facet of life. Harry Reis and Phil Shaver's Intimacy Process Model, for example, indicates that healthy relationships require partners to respond to one another with interest and compassion. Meanwhile, experts also suggest that more effective communication can play a part in reducing workplace burnout.
On the other side of the coin, those who resist listening and instead simply attack others' points of view only further entrench the beliefs they are opposing. Psychologists explain this behavior via Jack Brehm's Reactance Theory, a model of behavior that explains individuals' defensive reactions when their freedom to choose is restricted. To learn more about Reactance Theory and how it affects social behavior, watch this short video here.
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