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The importance of listening

Posted on 23 October, 2016 at 18:40

Hi Everyone,


Today's blog is about the importance of listening.  I remember way back, when Doc was recovering and the speech pathologist had said to me, how important it was to go back to basic communication skills when talking.  Just getting Doc's attention first, before speaking and to really listen when he was talking, was so very important.  I found that to become more easier over the years and it really made sense to me to do that.  The amount of information that Doc would give was excessive early on.  That was what he worked on first, was the amount of information given, patients that suffer with a brain injury often had this issue.  It could be worked on and the amount of information could be reduced, when they were more aware.  Doc and I would eventually have signals, so that I could discreetly let him know that he'd given enough information during each conversation with friends or family.  He became so much better over time.

So listening was a huge part of how we communicated.  It was important for me to stop and listen to Doc whenever he was speaking.  He would often become quite frustrated when people talked over the top of him or would interupt before he'd got his point across.  So I became someone, that was so much more aware at how I listened, not only with Doc but other people aswell.

We need to be able to listen to friends and family and they do need to feel validated in all their thoughts and feelings.  I know myself, that if I get talked over, while I'm in mid sentence, I feel unheard.  Such and uneasy feeling, when you feel that way.  Especially when there is no need for people to cut others off mid sentence, just because they think that what they have to say is so much more important than the other person.

So open up your ears today everyone and listen to people, you may be surprised at what you hear.

Deb

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