One of the most basic of all of our needs is the need to be understood. It’s one thing to be heard as in another person can hear our words being spoken, but what we still need true understanding...
What does it mean to truly understand another person? Is it a matter of hearing their words and nodding in agreement, anxious and fully ready to convince them of our own point of view?
Real understanding is an essential part of all relationships...One of the greatest obstacles to real understanding is having to face some of our own fears.
Have you ever asked for someone’s advice or opinion on something only to discover it’s not necessarily what you wanted to hear? I’d be willing to bet you’ve also heard opinions you didn’t ask for from people, too – and they haven’t always been flattering or complimentary.