Successful reflective responding is characterized by;
Þ a greater emphasis on listening than on talking.
Þ responding to that which is personal rather than abstract.
Þ following the other in his exploration rather than leading him into areas we think we should be exploring.
Þ clarifying what the other has said about his own thoughts and feelings rather than close questioning, or telling him what we believe he should be thinking or feeling.
Þ responding to the other’s feelings in his communication.