Developing your perceptual skills

“Your opinion is your opinion, your perception is your perception. Do not confuse them with ‘facts’ or ‘truths’. “ –  John Moore

Perception is the process of using senses to acquire the information about the surrounding environment or situations. It’s an attitude or understanding on the basis of what is observed or what is thought. Since it is not necessary that the environment or situation that has been perceived may be true or comes to be true – In the sense it is not real and vice-versa, this gives rise to know that perception is the way in which someone or something is regarded, understood or interpreted. Hence, it’s nothing but one’s own ability to discern things differently.

When knowing about it more, it is, psychologically, a neurological process of interpretation and observation which needs to be developed so as not be in false ideas, misapprehension, wrong impression, daydreams or fantasies, but be a true believer in the realities of life and its associated situations or results. It would thus lead us towards the realism of life to have fixed our vision not on the basis of just fantastic notions, but based on knowledge and right perception about the things that are actually experienced or seen in our everyday lives.

One of the most important characteristics of a person who is interested to perceive things or others properly must be that he must understand himself well. That means know yourself well to know others well. As it goes in this poetic way of an Urdupoet,” Padi jab Apne Gunaho par Nazar, toh Nigah mai Koi Bura Na Raha.” The words to that effect are: when I looked into my sins, I found no other sinner but me. This leads one to understand oneself by means of self-appraisal. In this way, self-appraisal is the basic requirement of building one’s personality. If you become as it should be in terms of your personality, it would enable you to see others in an accurate manner, not with a mixture of your own likes or dislikes or favoring or disfavoring on the basis of just your own opinions and interpretations.

The thing that’s extremely important not to adopt at all, rather, it is far better to avoid it rather than considering it to accept even once in a while. That is, avoid forming self opinion about any person or situation without taking into consideration the related factors or all that is important or needed. Opinion in itself is your feelings and thoughts about somebody or something – rather than a fact. Then, it must be understood that the thought is thought and the fact is fact. How thoughts are true in terms of reality or the fact, because the thought is just thought, but the fact is not thought but the reality and the occurrence. This leads us to read the person or situations properly before forming any opinion.

It is appropriate to mention that If you want to be perceived accurately, then you should be fair in all that you do and deal with others while making sure there is no contradiction between your words and deeds and representing your honest image in the sight of others at all times. Thus, the role that you have in your life causes you to receive the same social impression. that is, as you perform, so you’re seen and known among people.

Written by:
K. A. Fareed (Fareed Siddiqui)
Writer, Trainer, Author, Blogger, Software Developer
BBA, MBA-Finance, MPhil-Financial Management, (PhD-Management)
MA-English, MPhil-English
Post Graduate Diploma in Computer Applications and Programming
Certificate course in English language proficiency
Level 1 – Leadership and Management ILM – UK
Pursuing CMA-USA
Individual Member of Institute of Management Consultants of India


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