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Chapter 5. How to be a Good Listener > Do You have Bad Listening Habits?

Do You have Bad Listening Habits?

Following is a list of 10 bad habits of listening. On a scale of 1–5, with 5 being the worst case, indicate the degree to which you are guilty of these poor listening habits. Rate yourself twice, first with the person you listen to the best, then with the person to whom you find it most difficult to listen. Be honest with yourself. Recognizing how you listen is the first step toward constructive change.

  Best Worst 
1. ___ ___ I interrupt often.
2. ___ ___ I jump to conclusions.
3. ___ ___ I finish other people’s sentences.
4. ___ ___ I change the subject without warning.
5. ___ ___ I make up my mind before I have all of the information.
6. ___ ___ I only half-way pay attention.
7. ___ ___ I don’t give any response.
8. ___ ___ I am impatient.
9. ___ ___ I become defensive right away.
10. ___ ___ I think about my reply while the other person is speaking.



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