Is listening a choice?

copyright 2019 (April 28) – by Laurie Molloy

This is the first draft of a proposal of a theory (that may be new or not new – I haven’t researched it yet).

In my experience teaching adolescents, parenting my own children, and being a child who really disliked being lectured, I think that auditory processing issues (for some) may stem from a slow dissociative tendency to avoid listening. After prolonged exposure to people who irritate the child/adolescent/adult, the person begins to listen less and less. Over time, this person may begin missing important verbal instructions in school, due to their learned tendency to avoid listening to words/instructions that they are tired of hearing.

One theory I have heard about regarding auditory processing poses that auditory processing issues stem from being ignored as a child. Perhaps it is a combination of not being engaged in adult conversation as a child and also being lectured at when the child is expected to act in a different way.

To put this all together into my thesis statement, here is my initial thesis proposal (which likely will be revised once I complete actual research).

Auditory processing issues in adolescents are a result of living in an environment where adults frequently lecture, speak loudly, and minimally engage in reasonable conversation with their children.

I would love to hear feedback on this, especially from those in the field of education or psychology.

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