The following is my reflection of practicing the skill of silence through the framework of Kolb's learning cycle
It may not be easy to bite my tongue and hold back from talking, but silence will allow the other person to share more of their feelings and it will cause them to respect me as I show self control and that I am focused on listening. It will result in solving the problem more quickly.
I'm sorry, Andrew! I apologize for interrupting you, I would love to hear more about this challenge you're facing. Please continue, i'm all ears.
*I Interrupt and do not let him finish his thought* Relationships are all about compromise, you just need to learn how to focus on her needs more sometimes.
Why don't you let me get a word in? I know that I need to compromise. I was talking about how our interests are so different.
I am really struggling to connect with my partner. It seems like I...
Thank you for the apology. Well it started a few moths ago when...
Oh no, I completely interrupted him and because i didn't let him finish his thought I misjudged what he was saying. He seems upset now! If i had kept quiet he could have finished sharing and I would have understood him much more accurately.
References Mcleod, S. (2017). Kolb-learning styles. Retrieved from https://stenbergcollege.mrooms3.net/pluginfile.php/384951/mod_resource/content/1/simplypsychology.org-Kolb-Learning-Styles.pdfSmith. (2018). Silence: The Secret Communication Tool. Retrieved from https://psychcentral.com/blog/silence-the-secret-communication-tool/