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Unable to Reflect Back What a Speaker Has Said

Hi, all. What's it called, when a person is unable to summarize what someone else has said in a conversation? As an abbreviated example, suppose I say, "The weather on Tuesday is supposed to be sunny. It's the kind of weather where I would normally go for a run, but sometimes when I run in the sunshine I feel too clammy." And then my listener, asked to recap what I've said, says something like, "You don't really like running in the sunshine." Not what I said, and evidently missed the part about clamminess, and can't recall that part even when pressed, but insists that s/he does get the basic idea. Seems subclinical at best, but if so, sub- of what diagnosis? It doesn't appear to be just poor listening skills or an attentional issue. The phenomenon persists even when the person is able to keep up attention through an extended conversation, which is usually the case. It's more like a haircut, like the specifics are getting shorn off -- an ability to follow a conversation only to a certain level of detail on any point. TIA.  (Apr 25, 2016 | post #1)

Rome City, IN

Pea Diddle? Pee Diddle?

Among the possible meanings of this term, I used to use it to mean "nothing. " Like, "I don't know pea diddle about that." This was maybe 40 years ago. Was that expression unique to northern Indiana? Does anyone else use it that way? Am I remembering it wrong?  (Aug 19, 2011 | post #1)