I am fighting a new gift from the head circus.
Maybe it’s something that has been happening all along but my ability to read/ listen and understand seems to go right out the window when I’m reading or getting bad news.
I’ve read “War & Peace” and I got it. I’ve read “Les Misérables” and I got it.
But sometimes when I’m reading stuff that is upsetting, my brain stops understanding English. When someone is talking and what they say is something that is upsetting me, I don’t understand them anymore. I can not wrap my head around what they are trying to say or write. It happens on this forum sometimes too.
I’ve been sitting here reading the “midnight car letters” (the letters my youngest brother leaves all over my sisters car some time in the night/ every night) and yes, he is a good writer too. But I can NOT understand most of these letters. (there is no way he can be sleeping if he can churn out 5-10 multi-page letters every night)
I am reading these and I can’t even understand the basic concept. I also get this way some newspapers and web articles.
I’ve heard of selective listening… but selective comprehension?