Are Your Perceptions True?

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?

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31 Comments

  1. May 12, 2017 / 4:52 pm

    Definitely very interesting, I was only speaking with my partner about this last night – I know that my own perceptions are certainly altered by my upbringing and lately I have been consciously trying to challenge those.

  2. May 7, 2017 / 8:39 pm

    This is really interesting and something i’ve never really thought of before. I’ll most definitely try the exercise this week.

  3. February 25, 2017 / 9:50 am

    A very true and amazingly written….Loved reading this…

  4. February 25, 2017 / 5:44 am

    It’s so fascinating when you take time to really think about the way we think and are is shaped by different environments. I’m definitely going to be doing the exercise tomorrow

  5. Samantha
    February 24, 2017 / 6:06 am

    Great reminder. It is hard to remember that everyone else has a different view

  6. February 24, 2017 / 5:48 am

    I love this post, very insightful. I definitely try to live by this everyday and always be mindful of how people perceive me

  7. February 24, 2017 / 3:18 am

    It’s so important to try to envision yourself in someone else’s shoes. I think that’s what’s wrong with the world today. We’re disconnected from our fellow humans.

  8. February 24, 2017 / 1:14 am

    just getting started,

  9. February 23, 2017 / 6:06 pm

    Very thought-provoking post! For as long as I can remember, I perceived men with beards (including Santa) as someone to fear! lol I just about jumped out of my skin when an Amish man came to do some work at my house and I opened the door to a man with a long white beard. Ha-ha!

  10. Dogvills
    February 23, 2017 / 3:36 pm

    this is a good advice, i dont usually think about others, from now on, i will try to put myself on their shoe and think about their perceptions!

  11. February 23, 2017 / 7:07 am

    I agree that perceptions help create our reality. It’s really hard to get outside of perceptions though. We can try to place ourselves in someone else’s shoes but it’s difficult. I do believe that trying to do that is important.

  12. February 23, 2017 / 6:16 am

    I love this post! As a Psych major, this is what I try to strive by. And from personal experience, I wish people would try to ‘see’ the other person’s perspective every once in a while. Challenge accepted!

  13. February 23, 2017 / 4:29 am

    This short, sweet post is packed with a lot of insight. I love the message of trying to understand everyone’s differences.

  14. February 23, 2017 / 4:25 am

    A thought provoking post, this. It’s not easy to focus and remember that there are many different ways of seeing the same situation.

  15. February 23, 2017 / 3:18 am

    This is so powerful but true. I’ve never seen it like this before. We are influenced by others and our beliefs that sometimes it makes us too blind to see what is in front of us.

  16. February 23, 2017 / 1:58 am

    This is a great way to help yourself realize if your thoughts are accurate or not. It’s important that we check ourselves and our views from time to time and make sure we’re looking at all the angles and not just how we see things.

  17. Elizabeth O.
    February 23, 2017 / 1:56 am

    This is very good exercise and it helps you analyze whether you’re thinking right or you’re just carried away by your feelings. Definitely and eye opener!

  18. February 23, 2017 / 1:29 am

    Loved your article. I was cute and straight to the point. I feel everyone has their own views on how we and all see things. Everything most of the time will be different.

  19. February 23, 2017 / 12:59 am

    Such a great reminder. I have to constantly remind myself to think like this. It really helps you understand the people around you.

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  20. February 22, 2017 / 11:35 pm

    I have had the same thought, many times, but I have never put it quite so eloquently 🙂 I have lots of friends who were raised MUCH differently than I was myself, and it is apparent in the different ways that we think about things, especially religion.

  21. February 22, 2017 / 10:05 pm

    Loved this short and sweet post. Wonderful read on national think day.

  22. Eazynazy
    February 22, 2017 / 6:32 pm

    Beautiful advice … I guess I need to rethink every time I get into a conclusion from now

  23. February 22, 2017 / 6:26 pm

    This is something that not many people think about. Two people with different experiences can view something that is the same in different ways. I think it is important to try to see things from other viewpoints.

  24. February 22, 2017 / 5:48 pm

    This exercise is very useful to understand that all is relative!great!

  25. Gina
    February 22, 2017 / 4:46 pm

    How true this is. It is important to remember that our reality is often defined by our experiences.

  26. February 22, 2017 / 3:59 pm

    I had to do this exercise while healing myself from a Depression, it gave me a better perspective about emotions and how others can be affected by my preceptions.
    I recommend your exercise to everyone! Nice post!

  27. February 22, 2017 / 3:11 pm

    Its nearly impossible to share perceptions because its such an individual thing. Two people can look at the same thing and see two different things. Mom those two people can come back to it later and see two totally different things. But its interesting to wonder.

  28. Helene
    February 22, 2017 / 3:07 pm

    It is really important to try to understand individual differences. Especially today in our very divided world, it is essential.

  29. Mary Anne
    February 22, 2017 / 1:46 pm

    Thanks for your advices… Today I will try to put on somebody´s shoes and try to understand other´s thoughts…

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