The Role of Perception

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The Role of Perception

As we grow, and mature into what some would consider adults, we are told to make sure we know about our environment and make sure to “do unto others as you would have done to you”. In order to do this, you have to have a level of perception in which you are able to see things in ways that others may or may not. How do you see perception? On top of that, what is perception? According to Kendra Van Wagner (UNK), “Perception is our sensory experience of the world around us and involves both the recognition of environmental stimuli and actions in response to these stimuli. Through the perceptual process, we gain information about properties and elements of the environment that are critical to our survival. Perception not only creates our experience of the world around us; it allows us to act within our environment.” That being said, how does that apply to everyday life and how does that affect the views of those around you on you?

The best way to approach this is to find the most effective ways to view perception. Three aspects can alter or influence how things are viewed. One of them is the world as a whole. What is meant by “the world” is to say how the world is viewed, no matter what it is that you look at. Everything has a view and opinion from everyone who sees it, from the poor and homeless to the rich and eloquent. Every person has an opinion on why the homeless are homeless and why the rich are rich. What part of the scale do you fall on? Are you the type that says that the homeless are homeless because of bad luck and hard times? Do you lean the other way and think that the homeless are homeless because they are lazy and deserve nothing more than what they have? “Of the estimated 1.3 billion people living in poverty around the world, 70 percent are women and girls. Women and girls are also the fastest increasing group of impoverished, a process called "the global feminization of poverty”, as stated by a UN Press Release writer (Unk). That is a lot more than most people in the country and the world would think. That is perception. Seeing things in a certain way based on what others have said or shown and there is no other evidence that makes one think in a different way.

Another aspect of perception that is important to understand and examine in it’s entirety would be how a person sees things and why those things are seen in that light. Some will say that the sky is blue because the elements reflect the rest of the colors of the rainbow except for blue. Others will say that the grass is green because that is what God wanted it to be. That is how people see things and the reason behind those statements are more personal than anything else. The way you see things is not going to always be the same as the person next to you, and that can cause major issues, especially in a working environment as differences, no matter how big or small are not always seen as something that can be worked through but more as a reason to have a dislike for the person who views things differently.

The third aspect is to organize how various things are viewed in the best way that is going to be most beneficial to you and the people around you to allow for the most successful and amicable working environment that is possible, no matter how much difference is known. The best way to do this to find the things that are viewed differently and make sure that the ones that are the most disagreed upon are put at the top of the list and worked on first. As you work your way through the list, you will begin to see things differently than before and hopefully those around you will do the same.

One thing that has to be examined as well as a person’s way of seeing things is how those views will affect or impact an organization’s behavior. An article written by a person with the screen name Research Girl found at AssociatedContent.Com (2008) states that, “An organization's behavior can be impacted...
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