I thought that today I would address the subject of perception. By that, I am referring to how it can cloud your thoughts. Often your perception about what someone is like is different to their perception of themselves. It is also likely to be different to another person’s perception of that individual. What I am getting to, is that our perceptions or views are just that – views on somebody or something and not necessarily factual.
We often have an unconscious bias towards others due to past experiences – that bias can be in favour of an individual person or against them. For example, we my feel more favourable towards somebody who reminds us of ourselves! Similarly, we can have an unfavourable unconscious bias against somebody who is quite different to us. That difference could be in terms of somebody coming from a different social class, ethnicity, etc. This is where we need to be very careful. Judging people according to these biases means that we are being prejudiced. This can then affect our behaviour and can lead to all sorts of repercussions.
The main purpose for this blog is to get you to question your thoughts. We often think that our thoughts are real, i.e. factual, when they are usually just our opinion, which is a view-point rather than a fact. Therefore, what I am recommending is that you keep an open-mind when you meet somebody new. Try not to judge them, which is sometimes difficult to do, I realise. We all have our own prejudices. We need to be aware of these and question our thoughts. We shouldn’t be making quick judgements about people. After all, who are we to judge others?
As usual, please do let me have your thoughts on this blog.