Becoming an Ally: Learning How to Actively Listen
“Listening is a magnetic and strange thing, a creative force. The friends who listen to us are the ones we move toward. When we are listened to, it creates us, makes us unfold and expand.”
— Karl A. Menniger, American psychiatrist
5 Ways to Listen Better
10 ways to have a better conversation
Take it a step further:
We are the result if our life experiences; thus, sometimes we invalidate others’ feelings and opinions because they do match with our own thoughts and beliefs.
However, in order to truly understand others, we must also be able to understand ourselves.
Below this message is two tests for you to understand your implicit biases (unconscious attitudes, beliefs, and stereotypes we have that affect our actions–we all have them) and your privileges.
Once you complete these tests, we encourage you to ask yourself: “Why?” Why do I think this way?” &”What can I do to make sure my biases don’t hurt others?”