HCOM 214: Interpersonal COMM & Conflict

Learning interpersonal communication skills to improve every part of our lives

Turning A Blind Ear

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Everyone has those people in their lives that they simply can not take seriously. There’s plenty of reasons for this reaction, but in the case of a dear friend and roommate of mine, its only because he’s a bit of an idiot. I say this with love of course, but there are definitely times where the only way to keep myself from going insane is to just ignore the guy when talking about more serious subjects. When it comes to serious discussions and debates and about politics, issues, and anything else like that, the guy just says ridiculous things that anger me. Now, I just avoid having those kind of discussions with him but if it can’t be avoided, then tune him out and start pseudo-listening.

If I really wanted to, I could try to remind myself of the importance of having a conversation and try to persuade him while actively listening to find commonalities with what he is saying on the specific issues. Basically, the way to overcome this specific case would be to adopt a more people-oriented listening style.

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