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The Art of Listening

The Art of Listening


Originally published in 1986. This collection of essays is unified by one leading idea: that the active and creative abilities of listeners and readers deserve as much attention as the skills of speakers and writers. It is shown that hearers, far from being passive recipients in the communicative process, are in fact active in selecting, interpreting and creating from the disparate signals they receive. Equally, readers are involved in creating individual patterns of significance from a text. In presenting this argument, some essays deal with the importance of gender considerations, some with special modes of writing such as the private diary and literary translations, and others with the more familiar fields of poetry and drama. In the sphere of popular music, distinctions such as ‘folk’ and ‘pop’ indicate special problems in assessing the ‘authenticity’ of a listener’s response. By concentrating on active listening, the collection develops and illustrates the conviction that there are fundamental premises underlying the various disciplines under review, the analysis of which makes for a fuller understanding of communication in all its forms.

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Listening to Music in Psychotherapy

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Get Off Your Ass and Do ‘Rage Yoga’ While Cursing, Drinking, and Listening to Metal

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In the Interest of Listening

When I was in college my stepfather often told me that it is more important to be interested than interesting. I didn’t really understand what he meant, and I didn’t give the concept much thought. However, over the last year the importance of the distinction between those words has become apparent — as important, as Mark Twain once said, as the difference between lightning and a lightning bug. As I think about the difference between being interested and being interesting, it occurs to me that those who are genuinely interested hold a considerable advantage over those who labor mightily to be interesting.

A recent meeting with one of my good friends from college, Hannah, was a key to my new understanding of the point. Hannah had been my neighbor freshman year, and over four years has become one of my closest friends.

After spending an afternoon reminiscing about our college adventures and updating each other on the evolution of our lives, I couldn’t help but marvel at the tight bond we have cultivated. Our friendship did not manifest itself the way most friendships in college do — through mutual interests, attendance at the same parties, or shared majors. Hannah was a double major, Theater and English, and I was a Business major. We both had different interests, travelled in different social circles, and after freshman year never lived in the same building. In many ways we had very little in common.

Now, as I find myself graduated, out in the world, and looking to make the same kind of lasting and meaningful relationships, I wonder what makes my bond with Hannah so powerful? How did our relationship transcend a lack of shared interests?

I believe that the answer lies in the fact that the foundation of our relationship was not built on superficial things, like the fact that we both like the Red Sox or Harry Potter, but, rather, it was the product of something much stronger than shared interests — it was built on years of shared conversations.

Hannah is an important friend because she listens and asks questions. And the key to Hannah’s considerable power as a true friend and confidant is that she listens in ways that few people do — she gives me her undivided attention, challenges my opinions and assumptions, and makes my story the focal point of the conversation. Only interested people do that. And interested people force you to think, reflect — and evolve.

The truth is that often in our darkest times we are not even looking for feedback or advice, but rather someone to simply listen to us, empathize with our plight, and point us in the right direction. Sometimes all it takes is a really great listener to turn a life around.

Robert Coles, professor emeritus at Harvard University, renowned child psychiatrist, Pulitzer Prize winner, and recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, is the author of The Call of Stories: Teaching and the Moral Imagination, a book that takes a very personal look at the power of storytelling and personal narratives to enhance understanding and empathy. Coles recalls an invaluable piece of advice he had received from one of his early mentors at Massachusetts General Hospital, Dr. Ludwig. He said, “The people who come to see us bring us their stories. They hope they tell them well enough so that we understand the truth of their lives. They hope we know how to interpret their stories correctly. We have to remember that what we hear is their story.”

What is critical here is the shift from the importance of the storyteller to the responsibility and significance of the story receiver. When we talk about our lives and experiences to one another in-person, as I do with Hannah, that face-to-face exchange is not just interactive — it’s interpersonal. Active listening demands that we give and receive a multitude of sensory and emotional cues — teaching us to listen deeply, to develop a sense of empathy, and, in some cases, to gauge what is right or wrong.

In that sense, then, being genuinely interested isn’t just a function of being polite; it is a kind of moral action that acknowledges the basic human need for understanding and connection.

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Listening To Heavy Metal May Actually Make You Calmer, Study Finds

Apparently, Ozzy Osbourne may hold the key to happiness.

A recent study has found that “extreme” music genres — including heavy metal, emo, punk and screamo — may actually help calm angry listeners. Researchers say the results contradict the notion such music is linked to aggression and delinquency.

The study, published in the journal Frontiers in Human Neuroscience in May, was conducted at Australia’s University of Queensland. Researchers asked 39 extreme-music lovers to describe a frustrating situation involving relationships, finances or work. To measure participants’ emotions, researchers monitored their heart rates and asked them how they felt throughout the anger-inducing process. Some participants then sat in silence for 10 minutes, while others spent 10 minutes listening to the extreme song of their choice.

Instead of increasing listeners’ anger, the extreme music calmed them, producing a result similar to sitting in silence.

“We found the music regulated sadness and enhanced positive emotions,” Leah Sharman, a student at the university’s School of Psychology and co-author of the study, stated in a release. “The music helped them explore the full gamut of emotion they felt, but also left them feeling more active and inspired.”

Sharman and co-researcher Genevieve Dingle, a lecturer in health and behavioral sciences at the University of Queensland, sought to challenge the theory that extreme music causes anger, a long-standing argument for foes of the genre. The pair also sought to test the notion that listeners can find happiness in harsh-sounding screamo or emotion-laden emo music.

In a September 2013 article for The Atlantic, Leah Sottile wrote about a separate study on music and emotions conducted at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem. The research showed “people who chose to be pissed off actually showed a greater sense of well-being overall than the people who avoided feelings of unpleasantness,” Sottile wrote.

The University of Queensland study echoes these findings, with participants reporting “they used music to enhance their happiness, immerse themselves in feelings of love and enhance their well-being.”

However, the study does note that the soothing effects of extreme music may be unique to fans of the genre. All of the participants were self-identified metal connoisseurs who weren’t undergoing any actual symptoms of distress. The researchers say they’re still unsure of the effects of extreme music over longer periods of time, and they didn’t measure factors like personality and the “tendency to ruminate.”

But the choice to listen to angry music to match an angry mood may be an active way to understand and regulate negative emotions.

So play on, metalheads.

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