|Term: Active Listening|
|Definition (Myers): Empathetic listening in which the listener echoes, restates, and clarifies. A feature of Rogers' client-centered therapy.|
|Definition (alternative): Active listening is form of listening and responding that focuses the attention on the speaker. The listener must attend to the speaker and then repeat what he or she thinks the speaker has said. The listener does not have to agree with the speaker--he or she must simply state what they think the speaker said. This helps the speaker to find out whether the listener really understood. If the listener did not, the speaker can explain some more.This alternative definition is from http://www.colorado.edu/conflict/peace/treatment/activel.htm.|
|Contextual explanation: |
Clarification- ask for examples and encourage the speaker to say more on the subject.
Reflection of Feelings- say what you think of the subject, it should be relevant to the speaker and his or her feelings; also check body language and facial expressions.
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|Edited by: Courteney |