Reflections on Perception
I have been thinking about this concept of perception. Is my viewpoint of this person ‘right’? Is my take away from a situation the ‘truthful’ one? How can I know?
I feel certain that the wisdom behind the question ‘is the glass half full or half empty’ is that both are true. The way each person experiences the glass visually is the same. I know that in the picture I used for this blog the empty part of the glass is the same size as the part with the liquid because I poured it. I measured it. I think the influence of our emotions and thoughts shifts our perceptions.
If I look at this from an ’emotions’ point of view, the glass half full view might reflect a happy person who sees the best in everyone. The half empty view would give the impression of someone who sees life as a challenge. Some people might say that the first person is an optimist and the second a pessimist. Another possibility is that of adopting a viewpoint with the intention of getting an emotional response out of others.
When I look at this from the ‘thoughts’ or mental point of view, the half full view would be that of the person who believes and thinks there is goodness in all people. The half empty view would maybe be more that of a skeptic of other’s intents. Thoughts are habitual energy patterns. I wonder if family and/or environment creates these patterns?
I think I have given more questions than answers. This is not a simple reflection.
Maybe the answer is in the questions?
Maybe perception is more complex than right or wrong and is informed by these multiple factors?
Maybe I will ask more questions the next time someone has a viewpoint different than my own?
I will be more curious of what the other person’s perception is……maybe I will learn something new!
What an exciting thought!