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Interpersonal Skills Training by Alan Wolfelt

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CHAPTER 7

SKILL TWO: PARAPHRASING

1. DEFINE THE SKILL

a.   Paraphrasing is a method of restating the person’s basic message in similar, but usually fewer, words.

b.   State in your words what the person has said.

c.   Extract the essence of what the person has said.

2. IDENTIFY PURPOSES FOR USING THE SKILL

a.   To allow you to test your own understanding of what the person has said.

b.   To communicate to the person that you are trying to understand his or her basic message. You are listening to him or her, which makes the person aware of your concern.

3. ENHANCE UNDERSTANDING OF THE SKILL

Paraphrasing allows you to discriminate and respond to people without changing the meaning of what they have said. Again, the major purpose of paraphrasing ...

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