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

also

Setting Functional Boundaries By Pia Mellody.

Jane Leu Rekas

LCSW, CHt

Jane Rekas is a Licsensed Clinical Social Worker at Western Psychological and Counseling Services, in Gladstone, and Certified Hypnotist, Reiki Master, and Astrologer.

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