The act of listening to only the things a person wants to hear. This can lead to a complete topic change.
Matt: Yo are you watching this Rockies game? It's nuts!
Ben: uhh. I don't think this long distance relationship is going to work out.
Matt: (thinking to himself) Damn. That's some crazy selective hearing if I ever saw it.
one posseses this quality when they hear only what they would like to hear.
"Jimmy, do the laundry and the you can go to the movies."
"Sweet! I can go to the movies!"
"AFTER YOU DO THE LAUNDRY!"
"What? You never said i had to do the laundry."
"I swear, you have selective hearing"
The ability that humans have, especially males, to hear selectively only what serves their interests, being conveniently deaf to what they don't like or can use.
"I asked John to take the trash out and then get a beer from the fridge; of course he went straight for the beer: he has selective hearing".
one of those things that the other half of the relationship has when you are trying to talk to them
Austin: Sometimes I just pretend like I understand what Becky is saying... it's easier that way ---
Becky: he gives me that blank stare and says nothing...as i wait for his response....and then says....oh..what? i didnt hear what u said....