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2019 Listinging ear


Sometimes you may need to talk to someone who does not give you advice, solutions or judgment. Just being able to tell your story with a listening ear. That ear can belong to everyone. In a time of digital communication, this form of contact is also a way that is and remains important.

There is a large ear and there is someone with this ear that you can talk to. This is possible with three different times:

  • 9 minutes: the time you need to tell your problem according to the French psychoanalyst Lacan
  • 30 minutes
  • 60 minutes; if you need a little more time to talk and tell

The listener, the Ear, only asks in-depth questions as feedback. The Ear can be anyone: Pastors, teachers and students. How long you want to listen as an Ear is in consultation with the organization. Breaks may be very suitable for putting down the ear and listening.

If you want to participate as an Ear and listen to what others have to say to you, then sign up below and come by to borrow an ear. You bring the ear back afterwards. We have three ears available.

The listening ear project was developed for people on campus (RU and HAN). You can play as an Ear between 10.00 - 17.00 hrs. (Mo-Thurs; Fri: till 15.00 hrs)

You can play up to a few hours, depending on your own choice. You can decide yourself where on campus you want to sit with the ear. Feel free.

Rules of the game:

  • You pick up an ear at the Student Chaplaincy (and agree on a time to bring it back).
  • People will probably ask what your intention is first. Then you explain that you are a listener that people can come to with their stories (3 options: 9, 30 or 60 minutes).
  • You also let people know that their stories will not be passed onto other people.
  • You listen and ask in-depth questions if possible (what do you mean, etc.).
  • You give no judgements, advice or solutions to questions.
  • You keep an eye on the time.
  • You close the conversation.
  • You can stay for a new conversation.
  • You return the ear to the Student Chaplaincy when you stop.