PERCEPTION PERSPECTIVE: HOW WE VIEW THE WORLD THROUGH OUR SENSES

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“What makes us see the world as we see it?”


OUR SENSE OF EXIST

The human mind is able to process so much information. We have five major senses that we can use to understand the world around us. Those major senses are smell, touch, taste, sight, and hearing. Through these major five senses, we shape our perception of the world around us. The brain is central to the human body as well as aiding us in knowing what we perceive to be real in life. Before we go any further, let’s quickly observe our senses.

SMELL

We use our nose as a place where the smell of anything gives us a sense of pleasure or disdain. The smell of food makes us feel hungry, even if we’ve eaten already. But if we walk up the street and come across a garbage can, we quickly become displeased. This displeasure and pleasure has aided us in evolving over time in human history. We were able to bring into our exist that which gave us pleasure such as these sweet smells and expel the bad smells.

TOUCH

Our sense of touch as people gives us the ability to not only eat, hunt, and build, but also as a signal center to be sent to the brain. Meaning if we grab a hot pot’s handle, we immediately yank our hands away. The instantaneous sensation has evolved in us so we don’t further injure ourselves. The same goes for feet, you step on a tack, you immediately feel the pain. Our touch aids us in surviving against any attacks formed against us.

TASTE

The taste allows the brain to give us information that something is fine to consume. We refuse food or beverages that don’t taste pleasurable. It’s the reason why over time in human history we have added sugars to the food and drinks we consume. Because food in and of itself has no real taste. So we develop seasonings to give our meals a better flavor to consume. Otherwise we would reject the majority of food we eat.

SIGHT

The vision that man is given has allowed us to evolve into predatory creatures and not prey. Our eyes are in front of us and not on the side. We see danger coming head on and can rationally deal before the situation intensifies. Our vision also allows us to make out shapes and colors so we can classify what it is or eyes are viewing. Without sight, our other senses are forced to work overtime to make up for the eyes not working properly. 

HEARING

As far as our hearing, we evolved to hear so we are not picked off as prey early in our human evolution. And the more aware of a threat, the better we are at understanding how to survive. We also need our hearing for communicating with each other as people, as well as how to decipher when we hear a familiar voice to create a bond with our close friends and relatives.

PERSPECTIVE

Our perspective on the world is shaped by the perception we have in the world. Meaning, by using our five senses in combination with our life experiences, we develop a perspective. So, for example, if I grew up in a community where the father wasn’t present in a child’s life(see), men would scream at their wives in relationships (hearing), it might effect views on marriage. If you grew up in a household where macaroni and cheese was disgusting (taste) and it didn’t bring an aroma you enjoyed (smell), the thought of macaroni would turn you off as an adult. Let’s say as a child you were burned by the stove (touch). Now anytime you walk into the kitchen you approach cooking very carefully. Our perception and perspective are a hand in hand relationship. And when one is effected, they are both effected.


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LEVEL TO LEVEL: HOW GOING FROM ONE SOCIOECONOMIC POSITION TO ANOTHER FORCES A NEW PERCEPTION

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“Once you know better, you do better.”


I come from a socioeconomic environment known as the working poor. And I have been in his space for my entire life. But in the recent years, I have been working to remove myself form this space of poverty. And what does that mean, it simply means changing your perception in how you see the world around you. Once that perception changes about the world, new opportunities open up to you. Now in the beginning, it may seem like you’re not making any strides. But rest assured, if you’re putting in the time and energy necessary for the climb, then you are in position to do better in life. You are in position to do better financially, physically, and spiritually. Yet, what is it about people that never leave their position and why must you change the way you see the world? People not leaving their position has to do with a state of mind, but why you must change your perception has to do with understanding the repercussions of your actions.

What do I mean by the consequences of my actions? Well, once you cross over into the new socioeconomic environment, you have no choice but to shift your perception. And there is a reason, it’s because you had to shift your perception before getting to this new point. So if you grew up poor, you had no choice but to change to become Middle Class and stay in the middle. Now, here is the bit of hole in the logic I just stated. You have to shift your mind to make more money, not really. Because you have lottery winners, athletes, and entertainers. Now the lotto winner won by luck, but there had to be some form of shift to be great athletes and entertainers, but the monetary build really falls by the waist side. So when they make a lot of money, they go broke quicker than it took to get the money. Because they fail to put themselves in the know to shift their perception on money.

Now once you go from Middle Class to Upper Class, you have to really structure your mind. The way I see it, it’s like crossing a bridge. The poor person says, “I’ll cross that bridge when I get to it.” The person in the middle says, “I’ll plan for that bridge, even if it’s there, I still plan in case it’s not present.” And lastly, the man or woman that is rich are the ones building the bridges everyone beneath them are going to have to cross. So when you are making wealth for yourself, taking business advice from someone who is poor may not be the best decision to make in life. Because if were as simple as they think it is to make money, they wouldn’t be poor. They might say it’s because they don’t have money, and that statement explains why they’re poor. You don’t need money if you have great ideas that have value. You’ll get the money if you have something that can make money. Why, someone will invest in you.

And in the end, we have to shift our perceptions anyways with regards to the world around us. People who don’t, possess a lack of growth in their lives. That lack of growth will quickly turn into self-loathing and depression. Next, they’ll start to reject the people around them who have went off into life and planned. Remove yourself from these people because they mean you no good.


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PERSONAL PERCEPTION: HOW YOUR PEERS SEE YOU VERSUS HOW YOU SEE YOURSELF

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“You’re never who they think you are.”


We all have this idea of how someone sees us in life. But how can you be for certain if people actually like you or if they are just putting on airs to get in good with you. Because you are never the person you are to you as you are with others. No matter how much you try to convey that you are someone else, they see you as something else. So which one is right; their perception of you or your perception of you? Well, this depends on the image you project outward to people. Sometimes how people see you is on the basis on what you show them. If you show them this person that you’re not, then they’ll believe in what you show them. And what’s crazy is that no matter how much you tell them you are different, they’re still going to believe the person that they have come to know the longest. But then there is the other side of things.

You have people who view you in a light that has nothing to do with what you show them, but who they think you should be in life. And if you want to see how someone really views you, then ask them to introduce you to someone on a date. You will get a full idea of what they think of you. From the physical aspects of who they introduce you to, to the mental conversation the person has on a date. After the date, you should make it your business to meet the person you want to date. Then once you do meet the person, bring them around the people who had a hand in hooking you up on a date. They had the person they wanted you to be with, and they might grow to resent you because you have more than what they felt you deserved. This is how you find out who your true friends are and how they really feel about you.

Like I said earlier, you’re never to others who you are to yourself. What is it that would make a person feel like you don’t deserve the person you want to date? Because people feel that based off their own inner workings, they observe you. And to them, you fall into an equation somewhere below where they stand. So if you exceed the expectations of what they feel you deserve they have to evaluate two ideas in their mind. Number one, they are not as smart as they thought they were at pin-pointing a friend, and you as the successful friend makes them feel mediocre. But instead of figuring out a way to move away from the mediocrity, they want to stifle your growth. So in the end, be prepared in life to lose people that are not meant to be in your life. Not everyone is, and that could even extend into family.


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