Updated: Aug 10
This my final tip (for the moment), on this important topic and is probably the absolute key for good communication in relationships. If you practice and master this skill, it just might set you up for success in all your relationships so that you will never be short of good friends and great interactions.
What is it? Well as a former educator in communication skills, ongoing psychology student and working with people as a pastor and life coach, I believe this skill is needed but lacking in today’s world. It doesn’t necessarily come naturally but can be learned and is known as reflective listening. I’m going to call it mirror-listening, because that’s how we do it. We show our empathic understanding by repeating back in our own words what the other person is trying to get across. Unfortunately, what we usually do instead, is listen and formulate our own answer and to let loose with our opinion.
In mirror-listening, you are