Thursday, February 12, 2009

Communication: Ways to Give Feedback

Many years ago, I had a friend I would vent to frequently. When she knew I was particularly distressed, she would ask "which of these do you want?":

  • Do you want me to just listen, quietly with no response?
  • Do you want me to simply repeat back what I've heard?
  • Do you want me to ask you questions?
  • Do you want to know my experience, strength and hope?
  • Do you want my advice?*
  • etc.

*Advice should really never be given without permission.

Related Links:

Active Listening and Reflective Responses


Setting Functional Boundaries By Pia Mellody.

Jane Rekas


Jane Rekas is a Licsensed Clinical Social Worker at Turtle Dove Counseling and Hood River DBT, Certified Hypnotist at Hood River Hypnosis, Reiki Master at Rekas Reiki, Astrologer at Astrological Counsel, and Seasonal Color Analyst at Expressing Your Truth.


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