Analytical Listening (A Guide)

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This article will take a look at what analytical listening is and why it is so important. The article will talk about the different components of analytical listening and the different questions that surround it. The article will also highlight different personalities that are great listeners!

Analytical listening – What Is It?

Analytical listening is the ability to grasp and comprehend what the other person is saying. In other words, it is the ability to break down into meaningful parts the information your ears receive. Thus, this type of listening does not simply involve receiving information but also making sense of that information.

Listening doesn’t just involve hearing what the other person said but understanding what the other person has said; this is important because sometimes people may say something but mean or intend the total opposite.

A great example is when someone says that ‘they want the best for us’ however the way they say it clearly gives out the vibe that they have bad intentions. If we were only to process what we hear it would be insufficient to grasp the true messages people send across. This is why analytical listening is so important so that we can truly make sense out of the information or external stimuli our senses receive.

The 4 Types Of Listening – How To Become An Analytical Listener

There are different types of listening that have been discussed below! It is important to understand their significance so that we can develop analytical listening skills.

Appreciate Listening

This type of listening occurs when you hear something you enjoy; it could be the voice of a lover or the music you love listening to or even a joke being told by a comedian. You are only listening at surface level to enjoy what you are receiving. Although this type of listening plays a great role in our well being – especially our mental well being – it is not necessarily something that contributes to analytical listening directly.

Empathetic Listening

This is one skill or type of listening that allows you to develop analytical skills because you are getting into the other person’s shoes and hence trying to understand what they feel because of a certain situation. Such types of listening are a great way to develop different views or angles of understanding a single point of concern – this also broadens the way we see the world and will allow us to reach better conclusions.

Comprehensive Listening

This is also vital to analytical listening because it involves grasping the message that is being sent to you through the sound medium! You may be listening to the news or seated in lecture and hence you not only need to grasp the information being thrown at you but also comprehend it to the extent that you can reproduce it if required.

Critical Listening

This is another type of listening that is necessary to develop analytical listening skills. You evaluate the information you hear. This means you try to see the validity of what information you receive while hearing it. This may imply seeking the advantages or disadvantages of a certain product or service or just trying to determine whether or not the other person is truthful!

Who Is Great At Analytical Listening – Famous MBTI Personalities

Here are the personality types that make great analytical listeners:

  • INFJ
  • INTP
  • ISFP

Let’s take a look at each of these!

INFJs – The Advocates

The typical INFJs have a very thoughtful approach to life where they are absorbed in their creativity, values, deep thinking and inner vision!

Although they aim high and have a sense of creating the perfect world, they are not blinded by their idealism and realize they need to take concrete steps in order to make the world reflect their inner vision of it where people have justice and are treated well. They like to stand up for others and connect to them on a deeper level.

They focus on their thoughts – they are creative, have deep insights and are passionate about what they believe in!

They are great listeners and are known to understand what people go through and hence advocate for them and their rights – they understand people and their problems so well that they are motivated to stand up for them!

These people are very sensitive to criticism. They reflect on it deeply to the extent that it may reduce their productivity and make them feel as if they lag much when in reality that criticism is targeted at a specific element. This may also be because of the fact that they aim to become perfectionists – aiming to be the best version of themselves.

As they are quite sensitive, INFJs are reluctant to open up and may be difficult to understand – this can sometimes create problems in relationships where people are curious to learn more about the other.

INTPs – Who Are They?

As introverts, INTPs are more focused on their inner world rather than the outer one. They will expend more time and effort to understand it though thinking, reflecting, imagining and other mental processes . They hence engage in behaviours that allow them to focus on their inner world of thoughts; they are seen as quiet, focused and in the state of ‘reflecting’.

INTPs prefer solitude because this helps them focus on what they love doing. Also, for most introverts, it is just too much of the effort to intermingle and interact with others. Sometimes it is awkward for them or causes them too much anxiety. At other times, it may be because they have to make much effort to focus on what to say or when to say as they take in too much information and find it difficult on how to filter it out. Nonetheless, they prefer spending more time alone rather than with people.

INTPs are intuitive which means they don’t always focus on the facts or what is in front of them. Yes they very much appreciate logic and the relationships they can see however, this does not stop them from thinking out of the box. People who are intuitive are known for making many discoveries in world history and this does not happen by just ordinary thinking; they must go beyond the scope they are given! They give value to their vision, dreams and even imagination and combine that with what they already have in their hands.

Such people give weightage to their thoughts and what seems structured or logical rather than the emotions they feel for others. Sometimes this can be insensitive and they find difficulty in understanding the emotional complaints or requests their loved ones have. 

INTPs are perceivers and this may explain why they are able to achieve so much in terms of their discoveries and contributions to the world. Such people are spontaneous; they prefer things that come and go rather than a structured boring plan. 

The ISFP Type

This personality type is very organized, highly conscientious, and likes to look at the details or small things. Furthermore, they are loyal and security-oriented. Although some ISFPs may differ when it comes to their behavior, a substantial number of them exhibit these traits. One of the ways they try to feel secure is by controlling every aspect of their life and they tend to do this by remaining organized

ISFPs are introverts in that they find peace and satisfaction in their thoughts and solitude. They prefer to spend most of their time alone, engaging in their thoughts, reflections, and ideas in order to come up with productive ideas or understand their surroundings. They focus on their thoughts and hence can turn out to be individuals who are creative, logical, or even innovative depending on the other elements of their personality.

People who use sensing as a dominant function understand the world using their five senses; they like to live in the now and observe or practical experience their surroundings. They are not as focused as others on what possibilities their mind has to offer; rather they would simply take in information and process it to recognize what is already here but just extract it and make it useful.

ISFPs place much weight on their emotions when it comes to understanding others and their surroundings and how it impacts them. Due to this function, they are more likely to consider values and core beliefs rather than fact and logic or the truth while making decisions. 

People with this function appreciate spontaneity in life rather than following an everyday mundane routine. They are quite flexible but can be disorganized too and don’t really believe in planning, especially long-term plans. They just go with the flow. They are not very stubborn in the sense that they like to have options, do not demand immediate results, and hence are more likely to identify opportunities along the way.


This article took a look at what analytical listening is and what skills are necessary for it. Furthermore, the article identified personality types that make great listeners due to their traits.



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