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Monday, September 03, 2007

Selective Listening

I believe that around five million people in the United Kingdom have Tinnitus. This is a continual nose in the ear. There a number of causes of tinnitus but the problem are often related to the inner ear.

Tinnitus is a very useful tool for Grand Parents. When a grand child asks for something that the grand parent does not want to supply then the bar of tinnitus is applied.

“Excuse me, I did not hear that. Did you say that you were afraid of the dark? Oh I see. You said you would like to go to the park.”

Parents adopt a different version of not hearing demands and requests. Parents have the power to be able to apply the sanction of simply not hearing anything they do not wish to hear. Parents would not hear a demand for an upgrade on an ipod. Parents would not need to respond to a suggestion that their child should be able to eat just one more chocolate.

The third generation to have what is commonly called `Selective Listening’ is the eleven plus child. This is the child who will respond enthusiastically to a quietly whispered suggesting that it is time to open the presents. The term of a `Selective Listener’ is often applied to a child who can not hear a quietly spoken suggesting that it is time to settle down to work.

When we are doing verbal reasoning exercises we are often asked for opposites. While we know the opposite of Black is white – is more difficult to find the opposite to `Selective Listening’. The opposite of selective listening is certainly not `Attentive Listening’. You will need to let me know – please.

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