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Nicole Michalik

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Making a note to try this next time!  Have you ever tried it?

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Author Rachel Bowie explains:  My husband uttered three gratifying and fight-defusing words: “I hear you.” (End of sentence.)

Here’s why: “I hear you” usually works—listening skills. Per Kate Murphy, author of You’re Not Listening: What You’re Missing and Why It Matters, to listen is to learn. This fight with my husband could have gone a totally different way: He could have leapt in straight away with his viewpoint—proof he wasn’t being fully attentive—vs. taking a moment to first acknowledge that he heard what I said.