My take on: Perception and Perspective

Perception is what you see with the eyes whereas perspective is what you conclude with your mind, emotions, feelings and soul. Perceptions are usually used with respect to the external objects whereas perspective is with respect to cultures, people, situations and your viewpoint about them.

Sometimes skewed perceptions can lead to faulty deductions, conclusions and wrong perceptive. You become what you think about and your perspectives define how you respond and soon your perspectives will be who you are.

Perception as a noun means:
· the act or faculty of apprehending by means of the senses or of the mind; cognition; understanding.
· immediate or intuitive recognition or appreciation, as of moral, psychological, or aesthetic qualities; insight; intuition; discernment: an artist of rare perception.
· the result or product of seeing / perceiving, as distinguished from the act of perceiving; percept.
· Psychology. A single unified awareness derived from sensory processes while a stimulus is present.
· Law. The taking into possession of rents, crops, profits, etc.

Actually, it is what you see. There are many examples of optical illusions to prove that what you see and/or perceive may not always be what is actually there. Sometimes there are 2 images hidden within one image; many objects hidden all over a picture which u may not perceive at the first glance. Is it an old lady or a young girl? Frog or banana? Crooked lines or parallel? Moving circles or stationary ones?

It is one of the commonest of mistakes to consider that the limit of our power of perception is also the limit of all there is to perceive. ~ C. W. Leadbeater. Only in quiet waters do things mirror themselves undistorted. Only in a quiet mind is adequate perception of the world. ~ Hans Margolius. People only see what they are prepared to see. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

What the caterpillar calls the end, the rest of the world calls a butterfly. ~ Lao Tzu

The perfect no-stress environment is the grave. When we change our perception, we gain control. The stress becomes a challenge, not a threat. When we commit to action, to actually doing something rather than feeling trapped by events, the stress in our life becomes manageable. ~ Greg Anderson. There is no truth. There is only perception.  ~ Gustave Flaubert. Generally, about all perception, we can say that a sense is what has the power of receiving into itself the sensible forms of things without the matter, in the way in which a piece of wax takes on the impress of a signet ring without the iron or gold. ~ Aristotle.

Perception deals with mostly what the eyes see; and deals with mere objects. Perspectives deal with events, our reactions to them. Thus, mistakes of perception are not as harmful as those of perspective. Perspective deals with the full range of thoughts, emotions, feelings, prior experience, culture attitudes and conditioning that a person brings towards the events that happen in their lives. It deals with our attitudes, our beliefs and our interpretations to what we have perceived: over the years we build up these perspectives – nearly unconscious assumptions that we often make; and this hinders our objective analysis of new situations.

Perspective may mean: is a point of view; this is defined by the earlier experiences, the emotions, the feelings and the entire backlog with respect to this current event. Different people have a different perspective (way of understanding, thinking about and dealing with) the same set of circumstances.

Literally, in visual topics:
• Perspective (visual), the way in which objects appear to the eye. A view or vista.
• Perspective (graphical), representing the effects of visual perspective in drawings. The relationship of aspects of a subject to each other and to a whole: a perspective of history; a need to view the problem from the proper perspective. The appearance of objects in depth as perceived by normal binocular vision. The technique of representing three-dimensional objects and depth relationships on a two-dimensional surface.

Metaphorically, in relation to cognitive topics:
• Perspective (cognitive), one’s “point of view”, the choice of a context for opinions, beliefs and experiences. Subjective evaluation of relative significance; a point of view: the perspective of the displaced homemaker.
• Point of view (literature), the related experience of the narrator
• Perspective (psychological), or wisdom: The ability to perceive things in their actual interrelations or comparative importance: tried to keep my perspective throughout the crisis.
• A mental view or outlook: “It is useful occasionally to look at the past to gain a perspective on the present” (Fabian Linden). The relationship of aspects of a subject to each other and to a whole: a perspective of history; a need to view the problem from the proper perspective.

Everything we hear is an opinion, not a fact. Everything we see is a perspective, not the truth. ~ Marcus Aurelius. In order to keep a true perspective of one’s importance, everyone should have a dog that will worship him and a cat that will ignore him. ~ Anonymous.

Laugh at yourself and at life. Not in the spirit of derision or whining self-pity, but as a remedy, a miracle drug, that will ease your pain, cure your depression, and help you to put in perspective that seemingly terrible defeat and worry with laughter at your predicaments, thus, freeing your mind to think clearly toward the solution that is certain to come. Never take yourself too seriously. ~ Og Mandino.

Meditation and wisdom, maturity with respect to emotions and behaviour helps in an objective perspective or gives us the ability to see a bigger picture … in which the success or failure which now confronts us is a mere speck in the collage of our life. Struggles and obstacles are Gods Blessings on us thru which He moulds and shapes us to better fit the purpose for which God had created us.

Meditation is the soul’s perspective glass. ~ Owen Felltham. Wisdom is your perspective on life, your sense of balance, your understanding of how the various parts and principles apply and relate to each other. It embraces judgment, discernment, comprehension. It is a gestalt or oneness, and integrated wholeness.
~ Stephen Covey.

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About the Author: Dr. Naseem Mariam Ph.D. (Acu) heals people using Alternative therapies for over 10 years now. Earlier, she has worked for 24 years as a Senior Software Manager in Wipro and Aricent Technologies in design and testing of applications and systems, managing large projects for customers worldwide.  During 2001 – 2003, she wrote many articles on self-development, personal health, project management, and customer satisfaction. Revisiting that treasure trove and republishing those articles. She has authored an eBook called “Project Serenity – How to gain happiness and peace” and 3 books on Lifestyle and Wellness: “Serene Wellness: Daily Practise in 7 Areas”, “Belly Loss Blueprint: Come N.E.A.R. Vibrant Health” with its companion “Belly Loss Habits: Workbook to Vibrant Health”.