How to solve the people puzzle

The below assignment has been written by another student. Please read it very carefully and reply to it by providing at least 150-200 meaningful words, APA format, at least one in-text cite and from at least one resource. Textbook Carbonell, M. (2008). How to solve the people puzzle: Understanding personality patterns – With online profile code. Blue Ridge, GA: Uniquely You Resources. ISBN: 9781888846447. Petersen, J. C. (2007). Why don’t we listen better? Communicating & connecting in relationships. Tigard, OR: Petersen Publications. ISBN: 9780979155901. Stewart, J. (2012). Bridges not walls: A book about interpersonal communication (11th ed.). Boston, MA: McGraw-Hill Publishing Company. ISBN: 9780073534312. Thanks (Danial)

I’ve always known that I haven’t been the greatest listener. I’m so often quick to find solutions that I often miss what the actual problem is. There are a few verses that come to mind when I think about communication the way God designed it. “Know this, my beloved brothers: let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger;” (James 1:19, English Standard Version). “If one gives an answer before he hears, it is his folly and shame” (Proverbs 18:13, English Standard Version). “A fool gives full vent to his spirit, but a wise man quietly holds it back” (Proverbs 29:11, English Standard Version). All of these Scriptures are clear that the wise man listens well before speaking.

As I’ve mentioned in previous discussion boards, this is an area that really came to light for me a couple of years ago when I began my counseling training at Western Seminary. I realized in one of the early courses that I spent most of my time “listening” actually forming my response. This in turn caused me to miss important pieces of the story. This is most evident in my home. Miscommunication often happens between my wife and I because we are terrible listeners! “Did you do that one thing we talked about?” “I thought you were gonna do that one thing we talked about?” Ugh!

The books we are reading in this class are having an impact. I’m just beginning the Peterson text this week but feel so far that it is going to provide great insight. I realize that in my day-to-day action, I am involved with a lot of what Peterson refers to as “Level One Listening” (Peterson, 2007, p. 18). My hope is to become more of what he calls a “Level Two Listener.”

Level two communication goes deeper than words. It moves us toward more satisfying relationships. We develop trust, intimacy, and more personal sharing. Strangers become friends. It connects us at a level of feeling and spirit (Peterson, 2007, p. 19).

I truly believe and teach to my clients that God has designed us to be in connection with both Him and others. Jesus clearly states that the Greatest Commandment is to “…love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself (Matthew 22:27-39, English Standard Version). Both commandments have connection written all over them. I believe that when we connect with God and others by being intimate and vulnerable, God blesses us with great joy that can only come from Him. We achieve this connection through conversation. When I look at all the species on earth, many communicate, but only human’s converse.




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