Inclusive listening is a type of active listening in which the listener strives to understand and consider the perspective of the speaker, as well as the broader context in which the conversation is taking place. Inclusive listening involves paying attention to both verbal and nonverbal cues, and it involves an openness to different viewpoints and experiences.
In the psychology context, inclusive listening can be an important skill for mental health professionals, as it allows them to better understand and connect with their clients, and to create a safe and supportive environment for dialogue and exploration. Inclusive listening can also be a useful skill for individuals in other settings, such as in personal relationships, in the workplace, or in community settings, as it can help to promote understanding, empathy, and respect.
- A therapist actively listening to a client's concerns and feelings, and attempting to understand the client's perspective and experiences
- A friend or family member actively listening to another person's story or feelings, and attempting to understand and validate the other person's perspective
- A mediator actively listening to the concerns and needs of all parties involved in a conflict, and attempting to find common ground and solutions that meet the needs of all parties