Wisdom in Education


double listening, preferred identity, alternative story, counter story, dominant story, narrative therapy


This paper describes the roots of double listening and its role in avoiding the danger of a single story. Double listening is defined. Additional topics include background information, suggestions for the practice of double listening, and practical examples. Also discussed is the relationship of double listening to active listening, narrative therapy, and solution-focused therapy.

Author Statement

Sally Meyer is a teacher and facilitator of PBiS and Restorative Practices at a continuation high school in the San Bernardino City Unified School District.