Do you sometimes listen to someone longer than you really enjoy? Or does part of you think that listening is more noble, more NVC than expressing?

I used to. Until I noticed that was super exhausting and not fun..I wanna share with you how I turned this thing of over-empathising with others around.


13 replies
  1. Marianne van Dijk says:

    Let me know what is the jackal that makes you listen longer than you like..or any other comment!

  2. Leonie de Vries says:

    Finding the gap… Gee, tried that a few hours ago and indeed, the gap just doesn’t come.. how tiring! By then I already mentioned a few times that I didn’t have time and had to go. In the end just said: Marga, I really have to go. Now. Full stop. So that I did but still feel frustration and tiredness around all those stories that in that moment didn’t interest me at all. I should say though that this was a setting at work where I spoke with one of our sports teachers. So now I know the gap doesn’t come I will try your way 🙂

  3. Marianne van Dijk says:

    Curious to hear what that brings you! And feeling soooooo much compassion for joy-less listening..

  4. Amanda Schmidt says:

    Thank you Marianne for bringing up this topic. I have had problems with this issue for most of my life, and after watching your video I realize what jackal motivations keep me from interrupting and taking steps to make sure I get a chance to express, too. Sometimes the talkative person will pause and say, “Sorry I’m kind of dominating the conversation here!” My response has usually been, “Oh, that’s ok, I don’t mind.” But I need to learn to take that opportunity to start expressing, and realize that I’m not being rude by doing so! You’re right, it doesn’t serve anyone when we are getting resentful and antsy. We need to speak up and let ourselves matter, too.

  5. Anna says:

    I love this video Marianne, thank you! It really meets my need for empowerment so it was very relieving to hear all those practical ways to protect myself. My jackal is definitely the one that I have to keep all my relationships harmonious and only then I can relax. It hit me when you said that harmony can also appear between you and yourself. Since I was young I’ve learned to think (or I haven’t even thought about it, it has just been an automatic behavior) that the harmony between myself and others ALWAYS comes first.

    I have a friend with whom I find hard to put boundaries. If we’ve made a 1,5 hour phone call (and I’m usually the one who ends the call at the end), she tends to call me after one week again and she could talk again for at least an hour. I feel frustrated because I would like to have space between our phone calls. I like her and at the same time, as harsh as it sounds, I realize watching this video that I want to spend less time with her than she wants to spend with me. And yes, the jackal about keeping also this relationship harmonious so often raises its head. But it felt already good to be able to share this and this way to get some enlightenment to myself about what’s going on in my mind when I think of this friendship. My next big step is to try out your tips with my friend :).

  6. Ben Behar says:

    Being harmonious with myself is soo important. Such a good listen. I’m looking forward to pausing people!

  7. Marianne van Dijk says:

    Hey Amanda, so happy it brought you clarity about your motivations for this theme, happy to imagine starting to express when you feel like it!

  8. Marianne van Dijk says:

    Hi Anna, I’m so happy that this is what it contributed to you! And indeed, do it step by step with softness for yourself..

  9. Marianne van Dijk says:

    Thanks Ben, I feel happy to imagine more people pausing others when they don’t listen fully or joyfully to them anymore..

  10. Amy Mosher says:

    I really appreciated your advice and encouragement on how to pause people. I will try to gain the courage to use this tip, “Can I pause you?” Am looking forward to your video with more ways to interrupt people because I tend to let people go on and on and end up really resenting the fact that they didn’t even ask me a question about myself or express any interest in me. I am looking forward to encouraging my authenticity and this info on pausing people and speaking your feelings and needs in the moment really feels like it will help me greatly!
    Thanks Marianne!

  11. Marianne van Dijk says:

    Hi Amy, Im happy to hear that, and thanks for the encouragement to create the video about interrupting people!

  12. Christine P. says:

    Hey Marianne, thanks so much for this video! It really resonated with me, especially the part about the jackal saying “I can’t express anything until it’s perfect.” That’s definitely something I’ve thought, and it’s nice to know that the only way I’ll get better is practicing at the level I’m at now!

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