Is Active Listening the Opposite of Selective Listening?

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Is Active Listening the Opposite of Selective Listening?
Ayele Abdata, Director, Ethiopia

I think we can understand the phrase 'Active Listening' better if we know what Selective Listening means.
In selective listening, someone hears only what (s)he wants to hear.

5 Types or Forms of Listening
Jaap de Jonge, Editor, Netherlands
Thanks Ayele for pointing this out... Indeed active listening is like non-selective listening.
We might broadly distinguish 5 forms of listening in ascending degree of external orientation:
- HEARING is the physical act of perceiving sound by the ear.
- INACTIVE LISTENING is simply being present when someone is speaking, but not absorbing what is being said.
- SELECTIVE LISTENING is hearing what you want to hear or what you expect to hear instead of what is being said.
- ACTIVE LISTENING: is hearing what is said, concentrating on the message and absorbing it.
- REFLECTIVE LISTENING involves actively listening, interpreting what is being said and observing how it is being said.



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