Since listening is so important, why aren’t we better at it? Here are three possible reasons:
- Personal character deficiencies such as self-centeredness, pride, arrogance, glory-seeking, narrow-mindedness, or being preoccupied and disinterested.
- Excessive talking. Your mouth and your ears cannot function well simultaneously. When you’re talking, you’re not listening.
- Not understanding the value of listening. Do you merely tolerate listening to others because it’s the socially acceptable thing to do, or do you truly value it?