Top definition
A way of showing that one is listening to a person who is talking to them by rewording what the other person just said and repeating it back to them. This is supposed to validate the person you are listening to and rephrasing, according to some schools of thought in psychology.
Patient to therapist: I'm really depressed.
Therapist: I see. Yes. You are depressed.
Patient: Nothing is going well.
Therapist: Nothing seems to be going well.
Patient: I feel like killing myself.
Therapist: You're thinking of killing yourself.
Patient: Yes, I'm going to do it NOW.
Therapist: You want to do it now.
Patient: *Jumps out window.*
Therapist: Woosh. Splat.
by TheLastPunslinger May 30, 2005
Get the mug
Get a active listening mug for your fish Rihanna.
Mar 1 Word of the Day
One who has a mania for music.
I am a melomaniac.
by Larstait November 14, 2003
Get the mug
Get a melomaniac mug for your dog Manley.
That Greg guy's sales numbers are crazy high because he's really good at active listening (i.e., he's really good at making you feel like he's listening to you).
by Dictionnaire Diabolique January 25, 2017
Get the mug
Get a active listening mug for your mama Riley.
Give affirmative responses to someone, even while you may not be quite sure what they are talking about.
"...So then I said to the guy..."
"...Don't be such a jerk-off!"
by Anonymous October 21, 2003
Get the merch
Get the Active listening neck gaiter and mug.