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We don’t see things the way they are. We see them the way we are.

This is an incredibly insightful post about how profoundly our interactions with others are interpreted through our own perceptions. We can never escape completely our perceptions because they are a product of everything that has ever happened to us.

“My own experience in counselling has helped me to understand just how influenced our perception is by things of which we are often unaware: traumatic events from the past, ideas about the world formulated in childhood, issues of one kind or another which we carry around as our personal set of “baggage.” And by strong emotions, like love, or fear.”

A very thoughtful post.


This is a difficult post to write. Why will become clearer later on. But let’s start by talking about perception.

tumblr_mbqf1g9m3g1ray2h9o1_1280-1I think that most people would agree that perception is fallible: that every person is or has been guilty at some point in one’s life of misunderstanding another, of misjudging a situation, of filtering an experience through one’s own history or one’s own issues and misinterpreting what was really occurring. Sometimes our own past or our own fears color what see, feel and experience so much, that later we are stunned to realize just how wrong we were in our perception or in the actions we committed based on that perception.

I don’t think that this is headline news for most of us.

Perception is fallible; we are creatures who are always interpreting and filtering and we often misread and misunderstand. The people with whom we engage and the situations…

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