While at The Meadows, patients are encouraged to use the Listening and Feedback Format when communicating with others in order to promote understanding and intimacy while sharing about their lives.
Breathe. Breathe. Breathe.
Remind yourself that this person is attempting to be intimate by telling you his or her thoughts and feelings.
Look at the other person and say to yourself, “I am simply finding out who this person is.”
Listen to the other person’s thoughts and decide if you agree with him or her, or not.
Yes? Let yourself feel emotion.
No? Recognize that two people can experience different realities and that’s okay.
Unsure? Recognize the confusion without making yourself miserable. Ask for more information if you need to.
“When I heard you say...” - Repeat exactly what the person said.
“What I figured from that is...” - State your perception, interpretation, thought, reality.
“And about that I feel...” - Share your emotions.
Anger, fear, joy, passion, shame, pain, love, guilt.