1. We all know people in our lives that are terrible listeners (of course, not us, we are Interpersonal scholars ). What are some behaviors that bad listeners have? How can we be better listeners?
2. We are all guilty of ineffective listening. For example, I am a horrible pseudolistener. When my husband is telling me a story I heard many times before I find myself saying uh huh…..ohhh….that sounds horrible – then when my husband asks me what he was talking about I have no idea. I get caught every time. Which ineffective style are you most guilty of? Why do you think that is the style that you often use? (i.e. are you an ambusher, defensive listener, insulated listener, etc.).
3. The text states that “the fallacy of perfection” is an irrational belief that leads people to think they must perform perfectly in any situation or they are failures. Using your own experience, describe two debilitative emotions that can result from subscribing to this belief.
4. Explain the influence of gender and culture on emotional expressiveness and sensitivity.