Listening and Wound Healing
It’s unfortunate they don’t teach you how to listen in elementary school. I’m thinking 4th, 5th and 6th grade listening classes would grow our society immeasurably. Three classes could be offered:
The first two could be about:
a) Listening versus Hearing. (This one class has the potential to cut the divorce rate in half.)
b) Your ongoing conversation with yourself. (Imagine how much more you would hear if that conversation wasn’t always playing.)
c) Whatever you listen “for” will most likely show up for you. (I’m usually listening for “concerned patient who needs my expertise and compassion to help them heal” and they usually show up. I never listen for “hopelessness” and thankfully, it rarely shows up.)
Advanced Placement Listening could expand on Parts 1 & 2 with introductions to body languages, facial “micro-expressions,” and other non-verbal cues.
There’s a lot to listen for in the healing process…and in any process. I have yet to use the quadratic formula I learned in the sixth grade but I’m becoming a more seasoned in this particular area at this stage of my life. At least I’ve learned that you don’t just listen with your ears. Your heart plays a role in there somewhere. And I think I could have learned that in the fourth grade.
We find that listening to our patients makes all the difference in diagnosing and aiding wound healing.
What do you think?
Tags: compassion, Dr. Bruce Ruben, Listening, wound care