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Interpersonal Communication Paper2 Steve Kim Listening the Way To Liberation Listening is the most common and frequently used form of communication It is considered to be one of the most important skills vital to any context applied in life Besides being the most frequent form of communication listening is arguably just as significant as speaking in terms of making relationships work skills needed in creating and maintaining a marriage in parenting children effectively and in working together and making effective decisions on the job However people often fail to realize and make sense of listening as the missing element in communication to help resolve a large or small portion of their problems In one particular survey marriage counselors identified failure to take the others perspective when listening as one of the most frequent communication problems in the couples with which they work Vangelisti pg 109 Along with its lack of attention and emphasis understanding of listening suffers from several misconceptions Although listening can be improved can be improved through instruction and training many have failed to fulfill the proper need that improving ones listening is a good investment of your time and energy However most people commonly misunderstand listening The common misconceptions many believe to be is true is if theyve heard another persons message theyve engaged in listening Quite the contrary hearing is not listening if it were listening it would not be coined as a challenge Hearing as it is appropriately defined is the process wherein sound waves strike the eardrums and cause vibrations that are transmitted to the brain So one can listen to another person speak and yet not process or give the sound any meaning An example is when a husband is speaking to his wife about a particular issue and then he asks her Are you listening to what Im saying she responds quite assuring and repeats what he said However what the wife does not understand
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