Logic and Perception
Is perception reality? Perception and reality are two very different things. "Perception is how we receive and translate our experiences -- how and what we think about them. "Who we are and how we spend our life's energies, is based to a large extent on what we pick up from others. But (in case you never noticed) they do not all give us the same message - so who are we to believe?"(Miller and Connelly, 1996, p 2). Reality is what is proven true or real. The truth is supported by evidence. Following is my thoughts on my own perceptual process. Later, I will share a specific situation where my perception was incorrect and how learning to think logically has increased my ability to form correct perceptions.
At a young age, my perceptions came from what I picked up from others, specifically, parents, mentors, teachers, television and many other life experiences.
However, I have always received mixed messages because everyone, however so slight, had a different viewpoint or perception. When I ask more than one person the same question, I always got different answers, which often left me confused. I have always been interested in learning the truth, but as a child, you are unaware that the truth can be discovered. When watching the evening news, my perception of a particular story is often different then the person watching the exact same thing. We all process and filter information differently; therefore, we have to understand how to determine what is the truth before making an uninformed decision or a wrong assumption. It is extremely important to understand how perception works in order to avoid misunderstandings, making incorrect assumptions or misjudging someone. Perceptional blocks can be avoided by discovering the truth. As an adult learner, I...