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Are You Listening?: How to Become a Better Listener in Marriage

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Many people will say that communication is the key to a great marriage. Communication is a vast word that covers a lot of territory. Listening is an important part of communication. Tonight we will focus on the important skill of listening. Are you a good listener? How do you know? Tune in to today’s show and find out what it takes to be a good listener and how to go about listening for meaning. If you aren’t a good listener, chances are, you are not in tune with your spouse. Do you often interrupt your spouse or think about what you’re going to say before he or she has finished? My guest Dr. Judy Pearson will offer some suggestions and techniques for becoming a better listener. Listening is essential to good relationships, yet most of us could improve our listening skills. Dr. Judy Pearson will discuss how to listen in three ways: Listen to Understand, Listen to empathize, and Listen to problem-solve. Dr. Pearson was a guest on Your Marriage Matters on 1/25/11 where we discussed Conflict. Dr. Pearson is a Licensed Professional Counselor, psychotherapist, life coach, author, speaker, and trainer with advanced certification in Clinical Hypnotherapy and Solution-Oriented Counseling. She is a Certified Master Practitioner and Trainer of Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) and serves as Executive Director of the National Board of Certified Clinical Hypnotherapists. She owns Motivational Strategies, located in Springfield, Virginia, providing counseling and hypnotherapy for health issues, emotional problems, motivation, performance excellence, sports psychology and to military personnel and their families. Visit her website for more information: www.engagethepower.com