The reason we have two ears and one mouth, it’s said, is because we should spend twice as much time listening as talking!
But with the growing convenience of technologies that demand or divert our attention, it often feels harder to take the time to really listen and create and sustain important relationships – whether it is doctor-patient, employer-employee, parent-child, or husband-wife.
Yet connection matters. Relationship matters. Love matters. These are all dynamics that stem from listening and being listened to. Increasingly, the medical community is paying attention to the role listening can play in how to care for a patient.
What is it about truly listening to another person’s story – pain, sadness, joys and fears – that results in being better able to help someone find health?Continue Reading