You could hear what somebody says, but what do they mean? More to the point, do they pay you lip service or tell you what they think you want to hear? Pondering these questions could prepare you for a conversation you'll be glad you didn't pin any hopes on. Somebody's inconsistent way of communicating could conceal uncertainty they're secretly trying to get to grips with.
If you feel let down by a lover or potential sweetheart, don't automatically assume it was deliberate. You may have set certain expectations too high, and the one you love or want to be closer to has struggled to meet them. This could be a symptom of miscommunication - or lack of it, too. The object of your affections probably knows how you might respond. So, surprise them.