And when you think that you are perceiving the obvious, the others are understanding the unobvious
Most of the times, the conversations are open, and we believe that we understand what the other person is conveying. Comprehending the facts, we make our perceptions, our opinions, and act in accordance to the created personas in our mind, with the person.
However, at times, when we converse, there are lines that are too obvious, but also entwined with words that convey a different meaning.
For instance, the other day, when one of the senior executives resigned, the management conveyed that the particular department would merge with a similar department, whereas the other department head said that necessary actions would be taken to consolidate the departments to maximize productivity.
In short, if anyone who knows to read between the lines, heard this, would certainly comprehend the fact that the valuable ones would be kept back and others would be asked to leave. And within weeks, the same scenario emerged, only in a sugar-coated, corporate way!
Reading between the lines is a skill, a skill that one develops through conversations. You need to try your hand at conversations with random people, be involved to speak on topics which are not even of your interest, have opinions about things even with half-baked knowledge, or perhaps show curiousity to understand or emphatize with the state of mind or feelings of other people, through conversations. Its only when you are able to converse, that you learn to use the art of conversing in an articulate manner. This is where you first start your journey about reading between the lines.
Like any other science, this is just a science which one needs to hones, and it is best proven through reading, conversing, and experimenting. Such experiments need not be in laboratories or fancy setups; you may even try them in local trains, buses, parks, super markets, with complete strangers who are willing to talk, and most importantly, whom you decide to be the part of the experiment. While every experiment may not be fruitful, wherein some conversations may eat up your peace and solace, and teach you the importance of silence, others would sufficiently reward you with experience that no university would present.
To read between the lines, you need to be natural or learn the art which is a science in itself!