A teacher showed three toys to a student and asked the student to spot the differences. All three toys seemed to be identical in their shape, size and material. After keen observation, however, the student observed holes in the toys. The first toy had holes in the ears, the second had holes in the ear and mouth, while the third had only one hole in one ear.
The student put a needle in the ear hole of the first toy. It came out from the other ear. In the second toy, when the needle was put into the ear, it came out of the mouth. With the third toy, when the needle was put in, it did not come out.
The first toy represents those people around you who give the impression that they are listening to you, all your concerns and that they care for you. But they just pretend to do so. After listening, in the same way the needle came out from the other ear, the things you said to them are gone. So be careful while speaking to this type of people around you because they do not care for you.
The second toy represents those people who listen to all your concerns and give the impression that they care for you. But, as in the toy, the needle comes out from the mouth. These people will use your concerns and the things you say to them against you by telling them to others and breaking confidentiality for their own purpose.
With the third toy, the needle did not come out of it. This represents the kind of people who keep the trust you have in them. They are the ones who you can count on.
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