Monday, September 27, 2021


Oftentimes, conflict occurs when there are discrepancies in perceptions. Our perceptions form our personal realities within actual reality.

Perception is the way our eyes see the world, and our mind interprets it into reality based on our cognitions, conditioning or beliefs, culture, etc, leading us to make judgment of people or things.

Even though everyone lives in actual reality, we experience actual reality through the filter of our personal realities, which is ultimately based on individual perception. So it is subjective and varies from person to person. Thus, it’s important to enhance a healthy perception refinement cycle to improve judgmental intelligence and improve professional maturity,

Subjective perception
: Everyone is unique, we have our own set of work/life experience, personalities and hobbies, culture. Philosophically, there are two types of reality: personal reality and actual reality. An individual’s perception is his/her personal reality, and this reality is transient. The actual reality is not transient. We think differently, spend time on different activities; follow different media and make different friendships. Therefore, no two people's realities will be totally identical at a given time. No wonder when we use personal perception to interpret reality, there's a discrepancy between subjective reality and objective reality. To put it another way. Even though two people take the same trip, go to the same place at the same time, they might stimulate different emotions and tell completely different stories. Even though everyone lives in actual reality, we experience actual reality through the filter of our personal realities, which, again, is ultimately based on individual perception.

Our perceptions form our personal realities within actual reality. We live in an actual reality that we might never truly experience or interpret accurately. The upside of that is one’s perception is not static, can be altered and influenced by variables and tests introduced to his/her reality, ultimately changing the individual’s reality permanently or temporarily. Just like you went to the same place twice with the same set of ternary, you might have different feelings or experiences, and you might get different subjective perceptions. Why, perhaps because you gain an in-depth understanding of that place or you have different emotional workload, etc. How variables and tests may change one's perception depends on the individual's reality during the time at which these variables and tests are introduced.

Objective perception: The downside of subjective perception is that sometimes it causes confusion, miscommunication, poor decision-making. People misunderstand or mistrust each other because of pre-conceptual assumptions or cognitive biases. It creates varying problems even though their intentions are to solve problems. How to shift from subjective to objective perception for improving judgmental intelligence? To perceive objectively, you need to update knowledge, and gain insight; do dispassionate analysis and make logical reasoning. Being insightful is the ability to see through things, either from the broader lens or deeper perspective.

Perception is based on one’s thought processes which are influenced by one’s beliefs, thinking style, knowledge, and cognitive understanding. We must have enough knowledge, not just any knowledge, but relevant and updated knowledge to make objective perception and sound judgment. To find the truth, one must remove the “old box” shaped via the conventional wisdom or group thinking, but think more critically, independently and in an out-of-box way. Objectivity is an art we try to develop in our personality, revealed through our perceptions, a value addition to our character by which we will be able to handle our life situations without result orientation, fear, anger, stress, worry, anxiety, etc.

Progressive/Creative perception: Perceptions matter because people act or react based on their perceptions, to either create or solve problems. A solution is nothing if the real problem is not perceived. To truly dig into the root cause, and perceive the real problem, takes self-awareness and insightful observation, tolerance and inclusiveness. A perceptive mind with positive thinking creates processive changes; proactively responds to “what happened”; works across the boxes, broadens their perspectives, and connects wider dots to shape creative perceptions.

Progressive perceivers can always see the two sides of a coin, listen to the stories from different perspectives; and understand things via interdisciplinary perspectives to solve problems and make improvement. Creative perceivers with a positive mindset not only interpret what they see, but reimagine what could be, with the intention to solve problems innovatively. Without perception intelligence, people continue fixing symptoms but allow real problems to grow under the surface, out of sight, and become out-of-control.

Oftentimes, conflict occurs when there are discrepancies in perceptions. Absolute objectivity is perhaps impossible to achieve. After all, we are social beings with individual histories built upon both our own experiences and the life stories of those around us. Relative objectivity is a continual process in which we skirt the edge of what is possible. Perception is our mental logic to visualize and interpret the world, see things in progressive lens and reimagine what it could be in order to shape a problem-solving mindset and a better human society.


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