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.


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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