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I hear what I'm saying. Sunday June 30, 2013

Have you ever had the experience of only realising what you really think or feel about something when you hear yourself saying it for the first time?

We often find that our deepest thoughts lurk in the shadows, out of reach, until we are 'forced' to describe them to another person through conversation. In other words, we may need to explain ourselves to someone else in order to become clear in our own minds about our deeper thoughts, feelings, points of view, hopes and ambitions. The act of communicating can be a deeply clarifying experience.

To make it work you need to be as precise and colourful as possible. By challenging yourself to communicate clearly and compellingly you will improve the clarity of your own thinking and beliefs. Don't be theoretical. Use specific examples (stories) to bring what you say to life.

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Craig Sun, Jun 30th 2013 @ 7:34am

This, to me, is the major methodology of analysis and other forms of psychotherapy - your therapist/analyst is continually asking you to explain yourself, to get more specific and I could not agree more with the benefits of the process. Thanks for reminding me

Anonymous Sun, Jun 30th 2013 @ 8:52am

According to Dr Richard Wiseman in his book '59 Seconds', writing what we feel has greater effect than speaking.
I experienced this years before reading the book: I had a problem with a colleague & wrote a mail expressing all the anger I felt, but feeling better after writing, I didn't send the mail. From that moment I was able to work comforatbly with her, our relationship changed & we are now very good friends.
A confrontation might have produced the same results, but it would definitely have been unpleasant.

Andrew Daws Sun, Jun 30th 2013 @ 9:52am

I totally agree. I was on a course recently where I was publicly criticised for taking notes, on the basis that we wouldn't be fully involved if we were taking notes. I get far more out of a course or situation if I can develop my thoughts on paper.

Anonymous Mon, Jul 1st 2013 @ 3:32pm

Such bad form to be openly criticised. And the people running the course should know that everyone has their preferred learning and communication styles!

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