Psychology Today published an article titled, “Are you really listening, or just waiting to talk?” In this article the researcher states, “Only about 10 percent of us listen effectively.” The researcher also notes that there is a difference between hearing and listening.
“Hearing is a physiological act; listening involves our ability to unpack the meaning of words, and the silences in between,” the researcher explains.
Proverbs 18:13 says, “He who gives an answer before he hears, it is folly and shame to him.”
The wisdom we sift from the Bible substantiates the claims from this article. The Bible is clear about how a quick response without discernment can lead to foolishness.
Listening requires more focused attention, not on a response, but on discerning meaning and understanding of the other person.
Today’s Integrity Moment was adapted with permission from the writings of author and business coach, Stephanie Winslow.