Category Archives: Mindy Pierce

Listening Well: Asking for Support [Without Receiving Unwanted Advice]

Listening Well: Asking for Support [Without Receiving Unwanted Advice]

Have you ever needed to sort through a problem or share a heavy emotional load with another person, but felt like there was no way to do that, without having to receive another set of opinions, perspectives, or advice that would probably just complicate the issue? So, then you just wind up rolling things over…

Listening Well: An Experiment in Empathy

Listening Well: An Experiment in Empathy

“An empathic response is restrained, largely silent; following, not leading, it encourages the speaker to go deeper into his or her experience.” Empathy does not mean, as we often think, “worrying about, praising, cheering up, gushing, consoling, or even encouraging. It means understanding.” (Nichols, 2009, p. 84) There are so many important factors that contribute…

Listening Well: Responding to Criticism

Listening Well: Responding to Criticism

When was the last time you found yourself in an argument with someone? Who do you argue with most frequently? And what are those arguments about? Want a more productive option?? Michael Nichols, the author of “The Lost Art of Listening” shares a story about his temperamental cat that many of us can probably relate…

The Power of [Just] Listening Well

The Power of [Just] Listening Well

Recently I’ve seen countless examples of people who are hurting, struggling, confused or angry – and they feel completely alone. It seems like the cause for some of the isolation can be traced back to friends, family, or trusted confidants who have no idea how to just be present… how to just listen.

We’re busy. Our thoughts are going a million miles per hour. We’re used to having so much information flying at us, that to stop, press pause, focus, and just listen requires so much discipline.Read More »

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