How To Stop Interrupting People & Be A Better Listener In 3 Days

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If you find yourself accidentally interrupting others, there could be quite a few things going on. It might be a sign you're not fully in the moment, or that you're only waiting for your turn to talk. But no matter the reason, it's always possible to learn how to be a better listener, and find more balance.

It's also something you can adjust fairly quickly. In fact, "many people can begin changing a behavior the instant they choose to change," Dr. Jamie Long, a licensed clinical psychologist with The Psychology Group Fort Lauderdale, tells Bustle. "Once you see the value in changing the ineffective behaviors of interrupting and not listening, motivation will increase. With some practice and mindfulness, you can see the benefits of becoming a better listener very quickly."

And there are quite a few. "By learning to become a better listener and controlling your desire to interrupt, you avoid miscommunication and make the person you're listening to feel valued," psychotherapist Louis Laves-Webb, LCSW, LPC-S, tells Bustle. "Listening well is the foundation of good communication, and good communication is the number one attribute of any healthy relationship." It can also make conversations more fun, since they're less likely to be one-sided. So, with all that in mind, read on below for a few ways to become a better listener in only a few days, according to experts.