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Empathetic Listening vs Dismissive Listening

Updated: Apr 14, 2022

I have written a post about characteristics of a safe person, but I haven’t gone into detail about why they are important.

Safety and feeling safe is primal. It is also our springboard to living authentically, taking opportunities that serve us, accessing our creativity, building assertiveness, self-esteem and sense of self.

Being chronically stressed, anxious, depressed or living with unresolved trauma can cause us not to feel safe on a consistent basis. This feeling is debilitating and painful.

As part of everyone’s support network, you should be able to identify at least one safe person that you can talk through issues or barriers that you are facing. However, time and time again I hear of people giving this tremendous responsibility to those who are not safe people.

To read more about characteristics of a safe person, you will find it when you look through the blog.

This infographic will help you identify the differences between empathetic listeners and dismissive listeners.

What are your thoughts? Let me know in the comments.

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