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Advantages and Disadvantages of Practicing Active Listening

September 17, 2012

Because of the fact that you are in one house and you live together, it is certain that you are familiar with your partner’s voice and you can differentiate it among others. What is the reason behind that? Simply because you heard them talking. Hearing  someone talking does not necessarily mean that you are listening. Hearing is something which sound is perceived. It is an audibility but it occurs without person’s consciousness and attention. For instance, you hear people discussing in the room but you have no idea what  they are talking about. Listening, on the other hand, is making an effort to consciousness. For instance, you listen to the conversation of a phone call between lovers.  You exactly know what they are talking about. The difference between hearing and listening is the focused attention.


Active listening is just like listening. However, it needs the listener to feedback by paraphrasing or restating what has heard to confirm accuracy and understanding of both sides.


Advantages of Practicing Active Listening:

  •  Active listening will show great respect to the speaker. It demonstrates that you authentically yearn for understanding in his or her point of view.   It assists and facilitates the development of a good relationship between the listener and the speaker.
  • Active listening, make possible further disclosure.  Disclosure is significant for efficient legal representations.
  •  Active listening will allow the speaker to correct if you have not stated nor express the statement well.  So, in that manner you will be guided.
  • Active listening facilitates the listener to stay focused on the discussion, and to retain information what the person hears.
  • Active listening resolves conflict. It is difficult to keep hitting when the other party does not hit back.
  •  Active listening permits the speaker to utter feelings.
  • Active listening will provide you additional information. Because of the fact that you comprehend what the speaker says, the information will retain to your brain and use it for future purposes.


Disadvantages of Practicing Active Listening:

  • Practicing active listening will make you like a parrot by repeating the same words. Occasionally, the speaker may think you have heard them talking but you they have been misunderstood. It does not facilitate more communication like the genuine empathy. It provides you the appearance that you are just making any motions.
  • It looks like you are interrupting the speaker.
  • It sounds like you are arrogant and repeat everything back. Many people are pissed off when someone rephrases the speaker’s statement especially those statement that are well discussed afterwards but still you raised hands and re-stated it again.
  • It appears that you are not asking a question but rather showing your uncertainty about  what the speaker is saying a while ago.

Practicing Active listening does not make any approving responses. For example, you begin your sentence by saying “ I understand…” because for a fact that you are rephrasing means you are uncertain about what you hear. It does not connect to anything.


From → Educational

  1. Lloyd permalink

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  2. Shane permalink

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