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The Lost Art of Listening: How Learning to Listen Can Improve Relationships [Paperback]

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Item description for The Lost Art of Listening: How Learning to Listen Can Improve Relationships by Michael Nichols...

Drawing on his many years as an analyst and family therapist, Michael P. Nichols provides groundbreaking exploration how communication between people breaks down and why people often don't really hear one another. Filled with vivid examples that clearly demonstrate easy-to-learn techniques for becoming a better listener, the book offers a practical approach to identifying and harnessing the emotional triggers that generate anxiety, drive misunderstanding and conflict, and prevent people from truly listening. Clinicians will want to recommend this engagingly written volume to clients who are having difficulty hearing one another. It will also help clinicians themselves to better understand and work around communication breakdowns within the therapy session. Widely adopted in a variety of courses, the book is filled with scenarios that will spark lively classroom discussion.

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Studio: The Guilford Press
Pages   251
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.9" Width: 5.9" Height: 0.7"
Weight:   0.7 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   May 31, 1996
Publisher   The Guilford Press
ISBN  1572301317  
ISBN13  9781572301313  

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Michael is a writer, speaker, and executive coach. As a facilitator of organizational growth and strategic planning, he has led unprecedented growth in businesses, colleges and universities, and non-profits for more than 25 years. Since 1995, Michael has served as Founder and President of a marketing firm, as a pastor, and as a Vice President, Dean, Director, and consultant for colleges and universities. Michael actively coaches individuals and teams to develop personal and organizational vision and plans and to effectively manage priorities and decisions. He has conducted significant research in the area of organizational team leadership. Additionally, he speaks and presents at conferences, churches, and on university campuses on a variety of topics, including Life Planning, Vision, Team Leadership, Organizational Growth, and Marketing. In 2010, Michael completed a Doctor of Education degree in Organizational Leadership. He and his wife, Sarah, have been married for 10 years. They have one daughter, Madison, and one son, Andrew, and live in the Dallas area.

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Excellent book  Aug 29, 2008
This was an excellent book, much better than I imagined. It helped me better understand how to listen, and how to communicate. I am an engineer and this was my first exposure to this type of book. If you are having trouble commuicating with certain people, fighting with your significant other or having trouble connecting with your children, this book will not dissapoint with valuable insights.
Highly Recommended!  May 8, 2008
After reading the title of Michael Nichols's book The Lost Art of Listening: How Learning to Listen Can Improve Relationships, I immediately flipped to page one, and my interest was captured by its introduction. I knew I had to buy it, and I'm very glad I did. Nichols brilliantly covers a variety of interesting points concerning listening issues in a variety of relationships. He stresses the important points of effective listening, which are being attentive, appreciative, and affirmative. In order to hear the other individual out, people must suspend their own needs (memory, desire, and judgment) and attentively listen. As I read through this book, I pinpointed certain chapters that I could relate to, and others I could definitely use as reference in the future. Nichols gives examples through the first-hand scenarios he has observed; some of these he's worked with for twenty years as a psychoanalyst and family therapist. His accounts not only helped me discover my listening problems within my everyday situations, but also helped me acknowledge how detrimental they were to the situations.

Essentially, this is the book for all readers. Everyone can benefit from the helpful advice provided in this book and apply it to their everyday lives. Through good listening, we can learn from others, help others, and receive the same effective listening if applied in the right way. This book, no doubt, will change the way you perceive listening. I definitely recommend this book. It is worth every penny!
The Lost Art of Listening  Mar 31, 2007
This is one of the best books I have ever read on the dynamics of relationships. I felt so strongly about this book that I bought each of my four children a copy for Valentinie's day. It helped me reflect on past dynamics that worked and that didn't and also helps me to reflect about current relationships. Excellant.
learn to listen  Feb 3, 2007
I found this book to be excellent. I have read it thru several times and pick up something new each time. There are few books I have found to be helpful on this subject--one I should mention is Bolton's PEOPLE SKILLS--and this is at the top. In a sense, listening is a moral decision; that is, deciding to listen with an open mind and no agenda is a deeply respectful and loving act. It is also difficult; it takes an effort. Making that effort is a decision to treat the speaker as a valued person; not a sales "target", not some stereotype (liberal, conservative, religious nut, redneck, academic, etc.). Nichols is honest about the difficulty of listening well, relating anecdotes in which his lack of listening was painfully evident. The only other helpful guide I've found was a set of cassette tapes called "How to Listen Powerfully", which had very practical exercises--such as listening to two radio stations and practising switching attention between the two. After practising that I found that I could focus on one person at a noisy family get-together and not be distracted by other conversations. This is a very helpful book for anyone sincerely interested in improving their listening skill.
Hard Work but worth the effort  Apr 16, 2006
Listening is a learned ability just like reading.

Some books are easy to read but lack any real contents.
People are the same. Some people are easy to listen to but
lack any real content. Learning to listen to difficult
people is worth the effort.

I am reading this book for the third time. I didn't get
much from it the first time.

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