All of your perceptions are defined by a number of parameters that are often out of your control. These parameters include, for instance:
- your individual upbringing
- your culture
- your past experiences
- your emotional state at any given time
- the norms of the society you live in
- the beliefs and norms of your close friends
These parameters make all your perceptions relative. In that sense, your perceptions are not ‘true’. They are only perceptions.
How to deal with it?
The first and most important step is to understand that everything you observe is influenced by yourself as an individual. Take a step back and reflect on how all these parameters influence your perception of the world. Differently said, try to let go of the temporary and try to see what’s beyond. Be aware of the fact that the ‘truth’ cannot be observed that easily, if at all.
A little exercise for today
Try to ‘analyse’ and be aware of your perceptions today. For anything you observe today, try to put yourself into someone else’s shoes. How would they ‘perceive’ differently from you?