What does listening really mean?

Have you ever noticed how good we are at giving advice? When we encounter a person who has a problem we tend to tell that person what to do or our own point of view. We give all types of advice because we think we know what the other person needs. Since we’re little we are used to hearing other people tell us what to do, what to wear, what career we should have, so we model this behavior through our lives.

Our advice is a projection of our beliefs and experiences, so unconsciously we believe that our reality is the best one, so therefore the other person should have the same beliefs, sound familiar? We all do it and we do it with the best intentions, but what about listening? Are we practicing active listening?

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