Consider yourself a good listener?
If you are, then that’s very good news indeed.
Obviously, none of us can afford to exercise poor judgement – especially now – and research is clear that the exercise of good judgment requires good listening and communication skills.
Unfortunately, even for those of us who are usually good listeners/communicators, the period 11-28 April 2020 will prove challenging and this could lead to exercises in poor judgment, the effects of which could be long-lasting and dire.
With Mercury in Aries, the tendency for will be toward fast, furious, ‘shoot from the hip’ thinking and communication. With Mars, the natural ruler of Aries, also in the sign of Aquarius, we’re more likely than usual to unconsciously filter the information we receive to ensure it conforms with our current beliefs and/or fail to be sufficiently critical of what we hear or read.
Research has shown that in terms of judgement this leads to overconfidence which in turn leads to poor judgment and decision-making.
To combat this, remember that people who exercise good judgment are skeptical of information that doesn’t make sense. People who exercise good judgment also are active listeners picking up on both what is and what is NOT being said. People who exercise good judgment also know that when they are feeling bored and impatient, they’re much less likely to ask pertinent questions and check conclusions. When overwhelmed by information overload, people who exercise good judgment also focus on that part of communications that discuss questions and issues rather than those that summarize conclusions.