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by Dr. Sam Himelstein, Center for Adolescent Studies
“Deep listening is the type of listening that can help relieve the suffering of the other person... You listen with only one purpose. Help him or her empty his or her heart.”
Thich Nhat Hanh
The Power of Compassion
As a society, we marginalize our young people. We invalidate them. We don’t take their opinions seriously.
Deep listening can be a relationally corrective experience. It can help kids realize for the first time what it feels like to be seen, to be witnessed, to be heard. They feel for the first time ‘this person is respecting me.’ As we relate to youth as human beings, their trust and comfort grows.