This is a lesson that i didn't learn till i was married (and i am still learning it). i feel that interrupting is so detrimental to our relationships.
Let's say you are telling me a story, and i interrupt with my similar experience. What i'm really saying, (whether i mean to or not), is that my story is more important than yours. Therefore making you feel like you're story isn't important at all.
interrupting can come in many forms. Sadly, media and technology have really done a disservice to human interactions. Why talk when i can text? Right? How frustrating is it when you are talking to someone and they keep checking their phone? Frustrating to say the least, but do you feel you are being heard?
i am guilty of interrupting my children more times than i like to admit. Checking my phone while they are speaking, cutting them off because i know what they are going to say,(and sometimes their stories are quite long). But what am i teaching them? You aren't important enough for me to listen full to you. Your thoughts take to long so i just don't have time for them. Crushes me to think about making them feel this way but i know i have. i believe if we do this enough it sends a message to the child that they will take to adulthood. "My thoughts don't matter."
So will you join with me in trying to stop this epidemic and start listening, and really hear. Bite your tongue if you have to (i might have to try that). Really when it comes right down to it, don't we all just want to be heard?
To answer before listening -
that is folly and shame.