Is It True?

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‘It may come as a severe shock if you haven’t given much thought to this subject before, but our precious, cast-in-stone, objective beliefs are often totally in contrast to any reality. Or, more accurately, they are our perception of reality, rather than reality itself.”
Robert White

What you perceive to be true and what is actually true are not always the same. In fact, those two things can be so far removed from each other, you might wonder how you ever thought what you thought in the first place.

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We often confuse perception with reality. That is, we mistake how we understand things for the way that they really are. Our thoughts and feelings seem real to us, so we conclude that they must be true.

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What is perception? Perception is the lens through which we view reality: ourselves, others and the world around us. However, the lens often gets confused with what is being viewed through it.

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We often do not realise how our perceptions cloud reality. They seem like one and the same. Despite the big overlap between our perceptions and reality, there is indeed a gap between them. We just have to look carefully to see it instead of jumping to conclusions based on some (but not all) available evidence.

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Perception can be defined as what you experience and interpret through your belief filters. In other words, when you form a belief about something and do not bother to substantiate whether what you believe is true or not, you have a perception.

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Basically your perception is only helpful when you do not jump to conclusions. The first step in changing your perceptions is knowing that you are your perceptions. What you perceive can only be understood by relating it to what you yourself have gone through.

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You may believe what you know to be true, but others can believe what they know to be true just as much. So listen to perspectives before making the judgment call. Test theories and ideas before going with your own beliefs.

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Your perceptions can help you make quick decisions, and the brain can work that fast when you are under that kind of pressure. But when you have the time to weigh all sides of a story or situation, take the time.

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Be open to the idea that your perception may not be everyone’s truth.

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“Perception is like painting a scenery – no matter how beautifully you paint, it will still be a painting of the scenery, not the scenery itself.”
Abhijit Naskar


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