This is a common behavior especially when the speaker becomes monotonous.
Yes I engaged in informational listening during the time dinner was being prepared. I took notes of the dessert recipe as it was something new and I wanted to try making it later on. I paid very close attention with minimal interruption only to ask question and seek clarifications such as the amount of heat to use and about time directions.
I engaged in a bit of critical listening during dinner when the family was planning on what to do during the Halloween. I was majorly involved in evaluation of the suggestions being made, carefully evaluating the pros and cons and eventually participated in the final decision making. I sometimes made my emotions cloud my evaluation leading to negative criticism which at one point led to a heated argument on the dinner table. After this I started paying close attention and being less judgmental and this eventually paid off as we were able to come up with a unanimous decision.
I am usually a poor listener because I am easily distracted, get bored quickly. However, on emotional matters, I am a very good listener and this leads me to assisting people undergoing emotional turmoil in their lives. These were evident during the dinner preparation and eating where I got distracted easily when conversation became monotonous and hence boring but when the discussion became emotional, I started paying attention and eventually contributed to calming people down and making a decision.
My lack of paying attention and boredom which I did not hide well led to the discussions being emotional and criticism increasing. During the preparation of the dessert where I was quiet taking notes and paying attention, I learnt a lot and no negative energy was being felt. I learnt that my lack of paying attention and not hiding it well hurt people and it should be stopped or at least well masked.
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