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Authors: Neil Friedman 

Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Harvard University. private practice of psychotherapy.

Experiential listening is listening to the not-yet fully articulated felt sense from which a speaker is talking. It comes out of a combination of Eugene Gendlin’s philosophical work and Carl Rogers’ reflection of feeling response. It is a precise specification of what person-centered listeners (and many other therapists) ought to be listening for. This paper explores first the historical development of experiential listening and then goes very specifically into how I listen in an experiential way. The paper ends with a paean (
a song of praise or triumph) to experiential listening.

Topic Area:   Using Focusing 
  • This paper is from a Psychologist and therapist. So it is geared to the client/therapist and transactional relationship.  It does mention that the process is useful in general relationships.
  • Edwin is more interested in how this process and training can be used in a peer to peer, transformational empathic relationship.  How can this be used to foster a personal and social empathic way of being.


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