Perceiving the Self and Others

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Perceiving the Self and Others

Perception of the self and others is a key to human relations, which requires physical and social awareness. We as humans living in a society learn and gain experience, but everyone of us has a unique perceptual filter composed of our needs, values, feelings, knowledge, interests and other characteristics, that leads to a different appearance of the world to oneself. In turn this leads to form impressions and attributes about ourselves and people around us. One of the most sensitive issues in the world nowadays is the Arab-Israeli conflict. Since Israel’s independence in 1948 they fought several wars with their neighbouring countries. According to the Covariation Model, we can form an actor attribution about Israel, that it is a war and destruction loving country, since it has not only fought with a single neighbouring country, but each one of them. But this can be a biased perception as well. Israeli people would say that they are protecting their survival and security, against the Arab countries that are threatening them. Which in this case it is a target attribution, that Arab countries are terrorising Israel. By self-perception and comparing ourselves to popular and successful people in our society we form self estimation. But this has its biases, we believe about ourselves what serves our needs and what makes us feel content. Recently, throughout the revolutions in the Middle East, there was a big revolution in Libya. The Libyan leader Colonel Muammar Gaddafi has still believed he was loved by his people and that they would do anything to protect him. Being delusion and in complete denial of the real situation, he claimed that the rebels were people who came from outside Libya to ruin his country. This illustrates illusion of control, a form of bias in self-appraisal. Self-esteem is an important concept that we gain from self-perception, which is the evaluation of a person’s self worth. Some people,...
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