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Active Constructive Listening


Developing active constructive listening skills is an essential life skill.

We can break it down into simple, easy to master steps.

  • Listen carefully when people you care about tell you about good things and the bad things that have happened.
  • Make an effort to respond actively and in a constructive way.
  • Display your understanding of the strengths they have developed from their experiences.
  • Ask positive questions, such as ‘how did you do that?’ or ‘how did you cope?’
  • Amplify the strengths that the person developed from adversity.
  • Make mental notes of the highs and lows they have experienced.
  • Notice when people use their strengths and comment on them rather than pointing out what they are doing wrong.