The False Choice Between Listening and Problem-Solving

You’ve probably heard this one: Two people in a relationship have a recurring disagreement. One of them has a tendency to give advice when the other just wants to be listened to. One half of the duo is repeatedly frustrated that their desire to be heard isn’t being satisfied. Meanwhile, the advice-giver is repeatedly confused as to why their friend or partner would want to talk about something without hearing their suggestions and taking action.

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