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We all know the importance of learning from others, but it can be surprisingly difficult to really “hear” what someone else is saying. How can we become better listeners and absorb the best of what we are told?

A good listener is someone able to absorb more information. If you want to improve your listening skills, what are the best strategies?

Mirror, mirror

If you see two people “mirroring” each other’s body language in conversation, you may think this shows the pressure of social conformity. But in fact it may be part of an attempt to understand each other. One scientific theory calls this “embodied simulation” (See “Picture the listening ...

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