HCOM 214: Interpersonal COMM & Conflict

Learning interpersonal communication skills to improve every part of our lives

Active Listening

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I feel as if I’m able to focus my attention on whatever I’m doing whenever I’m online or not. And my score on the Multitasking and Attention quiz seems to reflect this. I am able to work on one task at a time without getting easily bored or distracted, and complete my work efficiently. I find listening to music that doesn’t have any lyrics can help me concentrate much better on whatever I’m working on, as opposed to music with vocals that could distract me. And listening to music is usually one of the first things I’ll do if I want to focus on a task and complete it without distraction.

My primary listening style would most likely be content-oriented listening. As I enjoy learning more about things I find interesting, and asking questions to learn more about those things. And my secondary listening style is time oriented listening. According to research findings, women are more likely to use people or content oriented listening styles and men are more likely to use action or time oriented listening styles. So my results differ from the research findings, but I find that I tend to use different listening styles when I’m in different moods or when talking to people with other listening styles.

I can try to avoid selective listening behavior when talking with people by hearing out what they have to say, and asking them why they feel that way about something. I can think of a recent time when I was talking with my dad when I disagreed about his view on a topic, and I had already heard him explain his thoughts on it many times before, so I didn’t pay much attention to what he was saying at the time. He has strong opinions on lots of things, and when he talks about those things it’s impossible to convince him otherwise. So the best thing I can try to do is avoid those topics altogether when talking with him.


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