Are YOUR Comprehension skills on point??
By LaLa Leo
July 27, 2010 3:45pm CST
Comprehension is something that a lot of people in today's society lack... for instance, you can go through the drive thru at Burger King and it's like the employee is listening because they are responding and functioning as any other ordinary person working in a fast food joint, however, how many times have you driven around to receive your order and it's been wrong?? More than once?? Wonder why.. it's because the other person is not comprehending what is being said. Have you ever argued with someone that is closed-minded and only perceived from the entire message bits and pieces of what they understood?? That also works hand in hand with comprehension. These people are listening so fast (because the human brain can understand language just as fast as it may come out and have plenty of time to do other activities (i.e. daydream, etc.)) that they are assuming what they think you are going to say or may have said. So by the end of the debate, there is more confusion than ever because you said exactly what you had to say.. but instead of this person questioning you on what they didn't understand, they just accepted it for what it is. People who cannot comprehend are very frustrating people. For instance, I was in the grocery store the other day with my husband and my daughter. The cashier was so busy trying to get me to sign up for their local grocery store savings card that she wasn't even listening to my response to her question before she asked me did I want a card, being, "Credit or debit??" I said debit and I suppose since she was trying to explain to me that it wasn't a credit card that I was signing up for, (confusing herself), she hit the credit key instead of the debit key. And since most grocery stores aren't really up to date she had to wait until a manager came around with her key to correct her mistake. Once again, comprehension falls into play. If she would've just waited until I answered before trying to rush through the line of customers, then she wouldn't have had to go through all of that. The examples could go on for days, but I can truly say that I comprehend very well. If I am listening to you, then you have my full attention and there isn't much that I will not miss because I am also very observant and possess photographic memory where I can possibly pull up the day in question if there is any conflict, question or issue. All types of activities build comprehension such as reading, vocabulary building, testing your knowledge constantly, even such enjoyable activities such as watching up to date movies that intrigue your suspenseful aspects of your interests yet confuse all at the same time. I found Inception starring Leonardo DiCaprio to be on that level. Also movies like After Life starring Christina Ricci. How well do YOU comprehend??
1 person likes this
• United States
29 Jul 10
Yes, I can agree with that. I do think that lack of attention plays a key role in why people don't comprehend as well as they could. Having a short attention span is a disadvantage though... as one would miss a LOT in life... by just not paying attention or being observant! Thanks for sharing your views!!
• United States
27 Jul 10
Sometimes i wonder. I can be a really inquisitive listener and make a cohesive opinion on something and then sometimes i get really confused when something is beond my comprehension. I try not to over-analyze things, its just a waste of time. If i don't understand something i'll try to gain knowledge on the subject, but you can't forece yourself to care about something that dosn't interest you.
• United States
29 Jul 10
Even if something doesn't interest me and someone is talking, I try my best to pay attention because I'd want the same respect shown to me. I tend to over-analyze things as well... because my mind is constanly going even when in a dormant state (sleep). That's the gift of being intelligent, I suppose. Thanks for commenting!!