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Survivors need to talk — we need to listen

Posted by John Faisandier on Mar 23, 2014 6:12:55 PM

My nephew Scott Garvie, a Wellington plumber (see Scotty’s Potties), volunteered to work for a week in earthquake-stricken Christchurch. He discovered that people needed to talk even more than they needed their plumbing fixed — and listening became harder than fixing their toilets! My own experience of talking on the phone with friends from Christchurch confirms this. People who have gone through severe shocks, like the earthquake, desperately want to talk about their experiences.
This makes being a good listener so important.

What qualities do you think make a good listener? We would love your thoughts.

First posted by John on 28th March, 2011

Topics: Emotion, Upset People, Distress, Grief, Listening, Natural Disaster, Reactions

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