Is Active Listening the Opposite of Selective Listening?




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Ayele Abdata
Manager, Ethiopia

Is Active Listening the Opposite of Selective Listening?

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.
 
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Jaap de Jonge
Editor, Netherlands
 

5 Types or Forms of Listening

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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