Telling another human being how they need to feel or to hold a certain perspective is controlling and minimizing of that person. Two words adults use with children that I find appalling are, "Shut up!" Everyone needs to be listened to without judgement, criticism or responses of dismissive and control. To be able to listen with an open heart and hear what is said without the need to respond is an art and a true gift!
Click here to hear a young woman share her story about not being heard. It is enough of a challenge to recover from being abused it is more so when people are unable to listen with an open heart!
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