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Reflective Journal Entry Week 3 #3and 4 Vanessa M. Agee HSER 508 Studies in Interpersonal Communication 2/ 3/ 2013

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Week 3 # 3
Barriers Between Listener and Speaker
Understanding the barriers that there may be between speaker and listener can shape better communication. Burley-Allen (1995) states awareness is a vital step; it is difficult to change something we are not aware of. The best way to shape better listening habits is to practice effective listening daily. We have to be aware of the barriers before we can become effective listeners and better responders. Listening is to give one’s attention to a sound; take notice of and act on what someone says, respond to advice or a request. As humans we simply receive and respond to spoken and sometimes unspoken messages. Listening is a strong characteristic of my S type within my behavioral blend. People tend to respect my loyalty and encouragement, and I tend to be best at listening.

This actually compliments my C/S/I personality type because I am comfortable when I express myself and enjoy open and detailed discussions. I have noticed if I am unaware even a great listener can be thrown off if not careful. Out of three levels I have always been an empathetic listener, and I understand the importance of giving everyone the chance to voice their opinions equally. Until now I truly have a clear understanding of how listening is very effective in communication. One major barrier to effective listening is that in this society we have equated speaking with mastery and power, talking is used to gain power, to punish, to relax, and to conceal or reveal...
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