Many people’s perception of events is different than reality
By Elizabeth Cansella, Managing Editor
Perception and reality are two concepts that people fight with in their minds. Perception is how someone understands something or someone whereas reality is the true state or quality of being real whether an individual perceives it as such or not. Often times, one’s understanding of a situation or concept is mistaken for the reality of it. Every individual views the world from a different angle, which can lead to many versions of the same reality without anyone realizing that their view may be slightly different than the person right next to them. Perception is not always a bad thing, but separating personal views from reality is important to learn.
Due to these concepts seeming to be one in the same individuals are often unaware that their reality is clouded. Some people involved in car accidents can vividly recall the chain of events, however their perception alters when bystanders give their report on what happened which can lead to new or multiple perceptions of the same accident. Another example of skewed reality would be a student and their grades.
Many college students look at their GPA and think that a 2.7 is a bad grade, but in reality it is a 74 percent depending on what grading scale the school goes by, whereas a 2.7 would be considered close to 50 percent and a failing grade in many high schools.
This causes a skewed perception of the actuality of a situation because one has not adjusted or accepted a new viewpoint.
There are several ways to untangle perception and reality from each other and get closer to the true reality of life. The first thing to do is to think about an issue or problem that can be solved. Next, define the exact issue that needs to be changed, shifted or is simply a bother. Then think over all of the pertaining factors and causes, even if they seem extreme. This will bring thoughts and feelings to mind that could be a contributing factor. When all possible thoughts have been exhausted ask some friend’s views as well to broaden the possible perceptions and realities the situation or problem can have. Then evaluate all of the possibilities and find support to justify these ideas. Once all choices have been considered a new way to redefine the problem and a new reality closer to the real truth can be reached. This then can help create new solutions and ideas or a new way of thinking as well.
I often have a clouded perception of things when I am angry or scared because I’m reacting to my instincts and not accepting the full reality of a situation. Stressing out, feeling lost or becoming overly emotional can be factors for having clouded perceptions as well.
This creates a close-minded and quick to judge viewpoint. Learning to separate actual reality from personal perception creates a well-rounded and open-minded viewpoint for an individual. It can help to improve a magnitude of situations. The one thing that personal views of the world will never change is reality itself.