What is Listening?

What is listening? What happens when we listen? And why is it important? These questions and more are explored in the salons contained within this site. Visitors are encouraged to join a salon and participate.

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Perspectives for Studying Listening

Dr. Halley discusses three of the perspectives used by scholars to study listening. Please watch the video before commenting or asking questions. https://youtu.be/BnR-BJ24kR4

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Listening: how would you define it?

Most often we notice the importance of listening in its absence! I’ve learned a good deal about listening by neglecting to.  Unfortunately that’s how I’ve learned its value. I’ve argued in my listening class for years that we do not value listening in American...

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Listening Begins in Social Community

A few of you may have read a bit of this content posted elsewhere sometime ago (on FB 2013) while I was still teaching at Boise State (my last semester was fall of 2015). In spite of my retirement status, now that it’s fall 2017 I can’t suppress the feeling – that I’d...

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About

Learn about the background of the online salons found within this site.

Resources

A list of online resources related to the subject of listening.

Events

A list of past and future events related to listening.

What is Listening?

What is listening? What happens when we listen? And why is it important? These questions and more are explored in the salons contained within this site. Visitors are encouraged to join a salon and participate.

About

Learn about the background of the online salons found within this site.

Resources

A list of online resources related to the subject of listening.

Events

A list of past and future events related to listening.

Listening Begins with the Self

What is listening? This seemingly simple question is the purpose for hosting this webpage. My aim is to challenge how we think about phenomena assumed to be listening and to raise questions and make claims about the nature of this least taught most used communication ability. Resources and links to learn about listening will also be available here. Listening, researchers now agree, is a cognitive process that we observe as a behavior; since listening is a cognitive process it essentially begins with the self; no one can listen for you. We do however learn our listening behaviors in a listening community; in fact today we learn our listening behaviors in many different listening communities. Thus it is important to distinguish between overt behaviors and covert cognitive processes. While we commonly talk to ourselves it is fundamentally another matter to listen to oneself. Here’s an insight I gained from Neil Douglas-Klotz in his book Desert Wisdom that affirms my point: “Our modern world does not encourage depth. It encourages being driven, led, or swept away by our perceived needs, which are often compulsively programmed into us based on someone else’s priorities. Without apportioning blame to education, religion, business, government, or unhealthy family dynamics, one can simply say that, in the modern era, we are not encouraged to be in touch with our own inner, unrehearsed nature any more than we are encouraged to contact the wilderness of nature outside us. As that nature rapidly deteriorates to the same degree that human institutions do, there is a certain urgency for us to contact the depth of our self.” Neil Douglas-Klotz (1995) Desert Wisdom: Sacred Middle Eastern Writings from the Goddess through the Sufis.

"We empty of their humanity those to whom we deny speech."

-George Steiner

"God is the listener inside all of us."

-Me

"Narcissism is the antithesis of listening."

- Patrick Cronin