HABIT 5: Seek First to Understand

HABIT 5: Seek First to Understand, Then to be Understood

  • People who seek first to understand, then to be understood try to completely understand another person before presenting their own point of view.  Habit 5 means balancing courage and consideration and expressing our views with clarity and respect.

    Kid Language

    Listen Before You Talk:  I listen to other people’s ideas and feelings. I try to see things from their viewpoints.  I listen to others without interrupting.  I am confident in voicing my ideas.  I look people in the eyes when talking.

    Ways to practice Seek First to Understand, Then to Be Understood:

    • Try to go one whole hour without talking even once. Instead, just watch the people around you and listen to what they are saying.  Good luck!
    • Think of someone in your life who you think is a good listener. What do they do that makes them a good listener?
    • The next time one of your friends is sad, notice his/her eyes or the way he/she holds his/her body.  Tell him/her you know he/she is sad and that you want to help.
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