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Petersen, J. C. (2007). Why Don't We Listen Better? Communicarting & Connecting in Relationships. Portland, OR: Petersen Publication.
A self-help book that explains in detail on how listening can in fact improve how we think and respond to different situations in life. Why Don’t We Listen Better? Communicating and Connecting in Relationships has given great insight on how to improve relationships and how to connect with others.
As Petersen divides this book into five different divisions he allows you to meditate as well as resolve your own issues that you may experience when it comes to communicating. Part one as he calls it is the Flat Brain Theory of Emotions in which explains how our emotions play a major role in how we relate to others, secondly the Talker-Listeners Card teaches us how to take turns. That we should listen first respond second. Thirdly retaining the techniques that you learned about and then finding what works for you best. Fourth and fifth become that person whose presence is wanted in a conversation.
Petersen explains to us that communication develops in our brain, stomach and heart. That the brain is where our speech is formulated and this is how we choose which words we will decide to use through the communication process. According to (Petersen, 2007, p. 11) stomach functions consist of our feelings and emotions even though you may feel emotions elsewhere. As for the heart a healthy heart give and receive concerns, suggestions, and support and are ready to consider many options and possibilities (Petersen, 2007, p. 12). This verse also came to mind for me when speaking about the heart “In transgressing and lying against the Lord, and departing away from our God, speaking oppression and revolt, conceiving and uttering from the heart words of falsehood”. In order to become a good, effective communicator we should learn to…...

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