48 Processing Errors: “That’s Not What I Heard! “
Miscommunication has many causes. Think how difficult it must be for someone from another country to understand our idioms, slang, and puns. When we say, “take a seat, ” you and I know that simply means to sit down. If we took the words literally, however, we’d be tempted to take the chair and carry it away with us.
Our perceptions also play a part in misconstrued messages. When we say, “I’m too tired to see you tonight, ” that message might be interpreted by the recipient as, “I don’t think you’re important. ”