Active listening can enhance your clarity, empathy, and ability to understand where your partner is coming from.

Take the quiz to see how good a listener you really are.

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* 1. When my partner speaks, I listen to learn not to respond

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* 2. If you are talking to your partner and your phone either rings or beeps, how likely are you to answer it

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* 3. In my conversations, I am the one who mostly talks

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* 4. I often paraphrase back in my own words what I have heard my partner say to clarify my understanding of the conversation

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* 5. I am aware of certain topics my partner and I discuss that trigger a reactive response in me

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* 6. How likely are you to interrupt when you have something to say during a conversation with your partner

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* 7. I listen to the important bits of our conversations but I'm not really interested in the details

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* 8. I give my partner my full attention when they are talking

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* 9. I try to avoid difficult conversations with my partner

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* 10. After my partner shares their story, I usually follow up with my own

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* 11. I try to avoid responding defensively when my partner is venting negative emotions

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* 12. When my partner is talking about a topic I am not interested in, I still try to listen carefully

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* 13. I sometimes cut my partner off mid-sentence in order to offer my opinion, support or how I feel about the topic

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* 14. I stay focused and refrain from responding when my partner says things I don’t want to hear or agree with

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* 15. My partner has often said to me that they feel I do not listen

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* 16. I tend to listen more to the facts rather than the emotions and feelings surrounding my partner's conversations

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* 17. I feel my partner is generally interested in what I have to say

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* 18. I listen without judgment or criticism

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* 19. How often do you try and ‘fix’ your partner's issues with suggestions rather than just listen

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* 20. My partner has accused me of not showing interest when they are speaking

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* 21. I multi-task when my partner talks to me

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* 22. I have been known to leap to conclusions when my partner is speaking

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* 23. I love listening to my partner, they are comfortable sharing personal intimate information about themselves to me

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