Selective Inattention

By Renée Grinnell

Habitual lack of attention towards unpleasant or anxiety-provoking stimuli.

Example: You attempt to explain dietary restrictions to an adult-onset diabetic who is reticent about changing her eating habits. She has unusual difficulty retaining your instructions.

    Last reviewed: By John M. Grohol, Psy.D. on 2 Nov 2008