Counsellor & Psychotherapist
Masters of Counselling & Psychotherapy UofA
Member of the ACA College of Supervisors
Level 3 Member Australian Counselling Association
I live alone and find that I cannot handle people for more than about 3 hours -then my brain seems to go into overload.
I do interrupt which means I am thinking while someone is talking, and I do that since I have got older, because if I dont blurt out what I am thinking, it is "gone" by the time the other person has finished speaking.
All of which of course means I do NOT listen properly.
I would like to think that I am a good listener, but I would be lying if I said that I never think about what I am going to say next before the other person has finished. I think we are all guilty of that.
I've been told I'm a good listener, I really don't think it has to do with listening really, I think it has to do with caring and respecting the person talking. Those that say I am a good listener are those I care about and thus I care about what they are saying, and those I respect to much to ignore them or interrupt them when they talk, I think it's really that simple.