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The Value of Listening

The Value of Listening

Real listening, says Cavanaugh, “reflects openness to new ideas or points of view, based on what the other person is saying. Contemplative listening forces us to be present… [It involves] an ability to separate one’s personal needs and interests from those being expressed by the speaker, a mind open to new or different possibilities, an interpersonal trust… When done well, it may involve significant amounts of silence. All of this takes patience, practice, and courage. It is not the stuff of instant reaction on social media.”

You Talkin’ to Me?” by John Cavanaugh in The Chronicle of Higher Education, January 27, 2017