Fill in the gaps with a word derived from the words in brackets.
HOW TO BE SENSITIVE
When asked to talk about themselves, some people, particularly men, become rather _______________ (defend). Others become _______________ (rest), unable to sit still or look at their inquisitor. Others, however, become extremely _______________ (talk), delighted to have been given the opportunity to talk about themselves. Jenny falls into this latter category. One innocent question about her health can result in half an hour’s in-depth description of her backache or her __________ (sleep) night. What’s more, you daren’t interrupt her for fear of offending her legendary _______________ (sense) and being described as an _______________ (feel) egotist with no interest in other people! I have now learned that all _______________ (resist) is futile and one simply has to grin and bear it.
Adapted from © R. Walton
SENSIBILITY / SENSITIVITY