Empathic Listening as an Expression of Interpersonal Affection

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In personal relationships, empathic listening may serve relational functions similar to affectionate communication. Consequently, theories of affectionate communication-such as affection exchange theory-can offer empirically testable predictions and theoretic explanations relevant to empathic listening behavior. This article considers the conceptual fit of empathic listening as a form of affectionate communication and identifies some empirical generalizations for the study of empathic listening.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-12
Number of pages12
JournalInternational Journal of Listening
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2014
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Communication
  • Applied Psychology


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