Learning to Dialogue LO10064

jack hirschfeld (jack@his.com)
Wed, 18 Sep 1996 22:21:18 -0400

Replying to LO10034 --

Chris Michel asks:

> Participants need to understand
>that periodic silence does not mean that they are being ignored, but
>instead that the active listening has engaged the suspension identified as
>an essential element by David.
>Which raises a question for me, how do we help those participating in the
>dialogue grasp these subtleties?

The easy answer is: Tell them. Dialogue is, for most people, an
uncomfortably new but very refreshing and desirable experience. Those who
have taken the responsibility for introducing others to dialogue also have
a responsbility to explain what they might experience. One of these is
the unbearable lightness of silence...


Jack Hirschfeld Doesn't anybody stay in one place anymore? jack@his.com

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