EXPERT ADVICE: Empathetic and Effective Listening
Let’s resolve to make empathic listening a part of our every day. We know how helpful it is in our partnerships with intended parents and gestational surrogates. In her worthwhile article, Destination: Understanding Leaving Home to Understand your Neighbor, Rae Ringel offers us the mechanics of empathetic and effective listening. As Parker Parmer, an educational activist wrote, “The human soul doesn’t want to be advised or fixed or saved. It simply wants to be witnessed — to be seen, heard, and companioned exactly as it is."