Because it is a hard skill. Active listening is not easy. I found out the same people who require people listening to them are really freaking bad at it. Either that or people truly want to hear the standard “don’t worry it will get better” phrases. In that case, I’ll just accept that I’m bad at it because hearing that, when I struggle instantly makes me resent the other person and as someone who struggled with depression I actively try to avoid using a phrase of this kind.
Actually, I’m curious about what would be the most meaningful way to respond to someone who is going through something? How do you become better at listening? I love my family and friends and I want to be someone they can come to when they’re feeling down. So basically just chirp in some. Or whatever fits in terms of showing that you’re listening.
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