"Do not try to build your life on ethics, morality or value. Bring clarity of perception into your life. Learn to see everything the way it is", says Sadhguru.
Amongst these words we have a word called "perception". What is this "perception " all about ? Today let me throw some light into this word and let us try to gather its meaning.
When we talk about perception in science , its the sensory perception that is the understanding that we develop after we see, smell, touch, taste or hear something.When we sense something, then the impulses are sent to our brain and perception is so forth built in our mind. Simple, a stimulus is taken from environment through the senses, this information taken is used to interact with the environment. sensory perception is much beyond sensation. perception happens when sensation end, when we try to interpret information out of what we have sensed.
Lets understand this sensory perception with some illustrations :
Perception in psychology is say beyond sensory perception. It is a more deeper concept. Perception is all about the beliefs that we hold, the understanding that we develop, the view point that we have, the ideas the strikes us, experience that we have had, the thought process that is in our mind towards people or the situation. this is simple right.
Now here, it is tricky. Each person has his own perception, and mostly likely perceptions do not match as mirror images even if two people are BFFs or twins or whatsoever. But reality or facts or truth can be only one. Perceptions are the assumptions, presumption that we make about a real thing. So
usually perceptions are not reality but our way of looking at the big picture. It is here important to know that this perception, if it falls somewhere in the spectrum of reality then our life is definitely sorted. I know you are asking "what perception is no where reality ?" keep reading, i am coming to it shortly.
Apart from the sensory inputs that we saw earlier there are few things that are very important to have a perception. They are
All these things help us form the core beliefs. And also work to form a our filtered view to perceive things. We could be near a reality, or somewhere near or far off from reality. Have you ever used a selfie filter, some filters are such that it changes our features and complexion, we cant even identify our own self ? isnt it ??
We see things as we are, not as it is. If we believe something to be true, we see examples of it in our own world. That is, we have a reference frame, to confirm our beliefs and thoughts as reality, we view the world outside in light of this reference frame. Time to bring in some examples of real life :
Yes perception is an unconscious mental processes that happen automatically.But sometimes it becomes important to do a ground check and be a little mindful. When we have ours, others also has theirs, this is something we always need to keep in mind. It is sometimes becomes important to review your own in the light of reality.
Yes sometimes what happens is our perceptions are based on beliefs that are highly inflated and distorted. This may be misleading and totally make us dysfunctional. These are called cognitive distortions. When we have such thought process we tend to misinterpret things.
Some example of distortions are :
Perceptions are important and cant imagine the world function without it. Life would be so boring, robotic and monotonous like food without the dash of spices. Varied perceptions bring in creativity, new inventions and ideas. So many different styles of fine arts, music, architecture, designer brands, food recipes etc etc and the list is endless, are only because of the fact that each person on this earth has his unique way to think, to act, to react, to enact, to discover, to speak, to create, ...
But sometimes we need to understand things in right light we need to check or question ourselves that whether our understanding of person or a statement or situation is correct ? It helps us to decode thing more effectively. This is called as perception checking.
To sum up things we could say that, perception checking is a very good quality and definitely adds value to your personality. It makes working in a group or team easier. When different minds work together it leads to creative collaboration . Our relationships also thrive better as we don't jump into conclusions.Obviously there are lesser conflicts. We also develop the quality of Active listening, because we listen and validate others opinion. It helps us to extend our map to that of the territory.