Creating a win-win space for you and your spouse
By Focus on the Family Singapore | 8 February 2021
Empathetic listening is so powerful because it gives you accurate data to work with. Instead of projecting your own autobiography and assuming thoughts, feelings, motives and interpretation, you’re dealing with the reality inside another person’s head and heart... You’re listening to understand. You’re focused on receiving the deep communication of another human soul." — Stephen Covey
We desire to be heard, and understood. When someone gives us the time and depth of empathetic listening, we feel valued. In turn, how do we develop the art of empathetic listening, especially in our marriage? Here are a few steps that best-selling author Gary Chapman shares in The 4 Seasons of Marriage.
By listening empathetically to your spouse, you create an atmosphere where your spouse is more receptive to your views. When two people truly understand each other, they are better problem-solvers and partners in marriage and in life.
Empathetic listening is, in and of itself, a tremendous deposit in the Emotional Bank Account. It’s deeply therapeutic and healing because it gives a person psychological air… — Stephen Covey
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