I Think Perception Is Everything

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    A Scientist'S Perception Of The Sciences

    Rupert Sheldrake has a very interesting view of the scientific grip on what it is a perceived constant. The dogma falls away under closer examination.
    Caliper Caliper
    56-60, M
    Mar 26, 2013

    Reality itself depends upon one's perception of

    it; I have lent some thought to this as a counselor has been kind (and adamant) enough to point out many of the "cognitive distortions" that I tend to abuse when over-analyzing every aspect of those unavoidable and much dreaded social encounters. It is rather pathetic to admit...
    ginaramone ginaramone
    18-21, F
    Dec 18, 2015

    An Old Thought

    I just can't remember who said it exactly - maybe it was Epicurus, but it's an old adage that seems very true to me. "We don't see things as they are, but, as we are"... So yes, perception is everything.
    JeremiahJohnson JeremiahJohnson
    31-35, M
    6 Responses Nov 24, 2010

    What Not To Wear

    I was channel surfing last night and came upon the reality show "What Not to Wear" which I usually kind of enjoy. It's a show that takes dowdy/frumpy women who have no idea how to dress themselves and gives them a makeover, teaching them how to look their best. The hosts are...
    Fallflower Fallflower
    36-40, F
    17 Responses Aug 17, 2011

    Good Or Bad?...

    "Nothing is either good or bad, but thinking makes it so." ...Shakespeare
    Helper96 Helper96
    46-50, F
    Jan 11, 2013

    Fear & Guilt

    Fear and Guilt I have discovered that there are two things which derail people from achieving their purpose. Those two things are fear and guilt. This is the analogy I use to teach people about the impact of fear and guilt.   I work in an office building which...
    Reproof Reproof
    51-55, F
    6 Responses Dec 10, 2008

    Blocking Arrows...

    My best friend is a woman with a big heart and truly cares for others and goes out of her way not to hurt or harm anyone. The problem is she has been surrounded with "Emotional Abusers" most of her life. I often hear her say, "why me?" when others take advantage of her. She...
    Helper96 Helper96
    46-50, F
    Oct 28, 2012

    How Silly Of Me...

    To believe that of me you were proud. How Silly Of Me... To believe that of me you could rest assured. How Silly Of Me... To believe that of me you had that one special connection. How Silly Of Me... To believe that of me you held in high regard. How Silly Of Me... To...
    Helper96 Helper96
    46-50, F
    Dec 11, 2012

    Get Over It

    It’s taken me quite a while to figure this out… and I don’t know why, because it’s the answer is so obvious, but life, and the things that happen to us, are simply a combination of two things: random probability, and the choices that we make. We can’t choose the...
    fishsweeper fishsweeper
    56-60, F
    3 Responses Oct 19, 2012

    Perception Changes.

    Lately I have realized that while perception is everything, perception can be altered by mood.  Pretty cool little tid -bit to gnaw on. Something makes me angry- take a break and revisit, probably won't be as bad. Yeah, I know this isn't the most novel thought. ...
    trixiegirl trixiegirl
    46-50, F
    7 Responses Nov 18, 2008

    What Matters Most

    My perception on life, myself, others and the past is what matters most to me. Every thouhgt I have is my perception I had. I can only expect the world to accept me for whom I am if my perception about myself and others is positive. Everything I do is as a result of my perception...
    deleted deleted
    Sep 24, 2012

    The Art Of Negotiation – And Why You Should Learn It

    Whether you realize it or not, you’re negotiating with people every day… with your boss and co-workers, with friends and family, with drivers in other vehicles, with the clerk at the grocery check-out stand, and even yourself.  Negotiation and contracts aren’t just done...
    fishsweeper fishsweeper
    56-60, F
    2 Responses Jul 24, 2012

    I’m Going To Dallas To Save Our Daughter

    Our 19-year-old daughter hooked with a 35-year-old person about a year ago because she was going through a ‘phase’ and needed to do a little experimentation. It was a pretty bizarre situation, and I can’t BELIEVE that her adoptive mother didn’t intervene, but when her...
    fishsweeper fishsweeper
    56-60, F
    4 Responses Jan 5, 2013

    Your Perception Is Your Reality But It Isn't Real

     If you find you don't like something....you change your mind. Look at it from a different perspective, through the eyes of someone else.  When you do this it allows you the ability to have empathy and care about another being.  You simply change your mind and when you change...
    KenStanley KenStanley
    51-55, M
    5 Responses Apr 30, 2012

    Perception Is Deception

    I hate that perception is always an option based on how we feel or think about things.  I hate that I'm stuck in limbo. I can't make up my mind what to look at optimistically and what to look at and say, "Yeah, that really is flippin' screwed up!" I hate the tone my voice is...
    cherryxblossom cherryxblossom
    26-30, F
    2 Responses Sep 4, 2010

    Perception Is Reality

    When I was going to graduate school in Counseling Psychology, I remember early on hearing this phrase, "Perception is reality."  I had to stop and think about it, but that is so true, because how a person perceives a situation is their own reality.  We...
    AnalyticalAly AnalyticalAly
    41-45, F
    9 Responses Mar 2, 2009

    How Are You Today?

      A.A.Milne, when you read these words more than likely the first thing the comes to mind is Winnie the Pooh, then possibly Tigger, Roo, Eeeyore, Owl and most hopefully Christopher Robin. Some of you may have even read The Tao of Pooh For me though Milne provided ...
    weta weta
    26-30, F
    2 Responses Aug 23, 2009

    Whether your happy or sad in life depends on

    how you view things. To me, perception is everything.
    SolitarySummer SolitarySummer
    26-30, F
    Aug 14, 2014

    What You Think You Become

    We cannot control the thoughts and feelings of others We can only control how we perceive them Our thoughts influence our actions Actions speak louder than words By changing how we perceive life, we have the ability to create a harmonious world.
    deleted deleted
    1 Response Dec 17, 2010

    Once the world realizes this,

    I'm sure we could all get along. .....or go into total anarchy, either one...
    deleted deleted
    Oct 25, 2014

    Perception Is Everything...

    ... I think this says alot.  But I don't believe one person's perception is ever right.  In fact, I'm not sure that there can even be an 'accurate' perception at all.  I used to think that when any event happened, big or small, that only an omnipresent and...
    zenandi zenandi
    31-35, M
    5 Responses Aug 3, 2008

    Why I’M Proud Of My Daughter

    I think that almost everyone goes through a phase during youth in which they become confused about their identity. I, myself, went through a weird time as a teenager when I would wear wild-looking clothing and change my hair colour to dark brown every once in a while, and my...
    fishsweeper fishsweeper
    56-60, F
    2 Responses Mar 7, 2013

    Conversation I Had At 17 That Opened My Eyes

    This was my first real revelation  this is a convo i had with someone else around my age back when i was more cynical then anything comments are greatly appreciated Me- America doesnt help anyone without a hidden agendaAnon- And that hidden agenda has a hidden agenda within an...
    klegend0 klegend0
    18-21, M
    12 Responses Jun 3, 2012

    Maybe Not Everything...

    ...But I think our perceptions about the world around us to have a great deal of impact on our interactions with others and the world in general. We are all creations of circumstance and experience; and those things have had a hand in molding the perceptions and assumptions that...
    vinividivici21 vinividivici21
    22-25, F
    6 Responses Aug 12, 2008

    The Gray

    The way individuals see the world is so diverse.some clash, some complement, some are so progressive that paradigm shifts occur. That glass half full cliche is one example. I guess another would be people being raised in the same home but holding different world views.Maybe the...
    Anxoxo Anxoxo
    22-25, F
    Sep 9, 2012

    Throw Away Your Checklists...

    A good friend called me and complained that the dinner guest who she invited for dinner one night didn't bring anything such as flowers or even dessert. She said to me in astonishment, "Wasn't that rude!" I asked her if this was the same person who she called early one Sunday...
    Helper96 Helper96
    46-50, F
    3 Responses Sep 17, 2012

    I wonder if the universe has things happen to

    us, because subconsciously we have brought into that. Whether it was from this life time or not. Every now is like an inv to see beyond the world of the five senses and really connect into the infinite powers that's inside every being in this planet. Sometimes we say "God, what...
    tantralad tantralad
    22-25, M
    1 Response Jan 10, 2015

    I find it so amazing

    that the one thing that rules your perception of things is the one thing that takes so much effort to control, our own mind. The way we allow our thoughts to create our reactions or actions and the brief moment between these things is so sudden and often completely disregarded...
    localrocklover localrocklover
    26-30, F
    Jun 22, 2015

    Just Because You Feel It Doesnt Make It True

    Feelings are just that, nothing more. They are not based in facts.
    Tkldpink Tkldpink
    46-50, F
    2 Responses Apr 7, 2013

    How To Negotiate A Raise

    If you haven’t already read my article, “The Art of Negotiation – And Why You Should Learn It”, find it and read it because it outlines some basic principles about dealing with others. If you can’t find it, ‘mail’ me, and I’ll send you a copy of it. You need to...
    fishsweeper fishsweeper
    56-60, F
    2 Responses Aug 14, 2012

    Throw Away Your Checklists...

    A good friend called me and complained that the dinner guest who she invited for dinner one night didn't bring anything such as flowers or even dessert. She said to me in astonishment, "Wasn't that rude!" I asked her if this was the same person who she called early one Sunday...
    Helper96 Helper96
    46-50, F
    1 Response Sep 17, 2012

    Jastrow's Famous Duck-rabbit

    Both are there. One can know and accept that there is two but one can see either one or the other. Both can't be seen at the same time. Such is perception and it is fascinating!  
    trailguide trailguide
    36-40, F
    71 Responses Aug 22, 2009

    "all Is Fair In Love And War." Is This Your Excuse?

    It baffles me why so many people use this poor excuse as a reason for behaving cruely to another person because they get angry. Some are people in my life who I trusted with my personal pain who know what my weaknesses are and will use them against me, just as a soldier will use...
    Helper96 Helper96
    46-50, F
    1 Response Dec 2, 2012


    1. What are you busy with? Ants are busy too. 2. Activity gets us busy. Productivity gets us the results. Activity concumes time. Productivity frees it. 3. Evolve beyond mere analyzing life. Just live it. Analysis is what makes it complicated. 4. Our today is the tomorrow...
    Mayavadi Mayavadi
    31-35, F
    3 Responses Nov 3, 2010

    Perception Is Everything

    Reality as we know it is simply that. It's how we know it. If our eyes could see other spectrums of color than what we see would be quite different. What if you could see every individual molecule when you looked around? Reality to us is just the way our eyes translate light. It...
    TheOnlyBenis TheOnlyBenis
    22-25, M
    3 Responses Dec 6, 2010


    It is never what you think it is which is making you angry. If that were true, you have many things to be angry about, this anger excuse is just an obvious target you are using for the arrows you have chosen to shoot with at this moment.
    Helper96 Helper96
    46-50, F
    Jan 11, 2013
    CatWomen21 CatWomen21
    18-21, F
    Oct 16, 2015

    Perception can turn sadness into happiness.

    or depression into something better. it turns everything better. i refuse to percept anything in a way that will put me down anymore. life is too short to care about the stupid little things. in the grand scheme, petty emotions are just a waste of time. open minded thinking like...
    ThatOtherGuy17 ThatOtherGuy17
    18-21, M
    1 Response Feb 7, 2014


    As a child, everything seems so vivid. The skies are bluer, the sun is brighter. Being a child, you are never bored because of your imagination can take you anywhere you want. Nothing serious can seem to go wrong. Some think growing up is everything. In reality everything is much...
    MeMe0326 MeMe0326
    18-21, F
    1 Response Dec 1, 2013

    It's not just yours that is important,

    but everyone's around you also. That is why it is important to try to understand everyone else's point of view. When you do, it becomes a lot easier to interact with people and to not get mad or upset at them for the things they do. You don't have to agree with their perspective...
    DrakeoMagister DrakeoMagister
    18-21, M
    Jan 22

    “We Don't See Things As They Are, We See Them As We Are.”

    I really love that quotation by Anais Nin. It makes complete sense. Once I really started to understand and accept that, I gained control of myself. That is truly empowering and freeing. I read the stuff I wrote when I first joined Experience Project, and I cringe a little and...
    mmmcookies mmmcookies
    5 Responses Sep 20, 2011

    In The Zone

    My perception creates my reality.  I then percieve (experience) that reality.  When I am aware of the energy of perception (sensation, feeling, emotion), reality collapses and I am aware that there is nothing but Awareness.My art teacher taught me this as creative Process.  As...
    claysu claysu
    56-60, F
    Sep 25, 2012

    Perception And Reality

    I heard a great quote the other day. In essence, they said that the key to perception is in understanding what about your daily experience is REAL and what has threads of reflection from your life woven into it. We often react to the familiar. So much of what we connect to has...
    Reproof Reproof
    51-55, F
    12 Responses Feb 22, 2011

    I'm leaving me, driving myself crazy!

    I deserve better than I've been treating me. Tired of the bullshit, you hear me? I know I mean well, so why do I keep putting me thru hell? Left right back here, can't you tell? I've laid brick after brick, building my own cell. Throw fits, act out, scream, hollar, & yell...
    MizzyPilot MizzyPilot
    26-30, F
    May 9, 2014

    Resting In The Heat Of Siege

    There is so much pain in the world. I can hear the whispers of their anguish even in my little bed. There is no rest; there is only waiting. Waiting to do all the things I have to do tomorrow and the day after and all the months and years after that. At night the Mother sings her...
    Sociopathforabetterfuture Sociopathforabetterfuture
    22-25, F
    1 Response Apr 25, 2013

    Tainted Perceptions...

    Most people's perceptions of others are tainted by a stained view they have gathered from their own past. It is key to acknowledge this if you really wish to not judge others and project onto them your beliefs or your issues.
    Helper96 Helper96
    46-50, F
    Dec 11, 2012

    Stop Judging!

    I absolutely hate when people assume that someone else is overreacting to something, or that they just are not right to feel the way they feel. What may seem like no big deal to you can be the most devastating experience in someone else's life. People are not walking billboards...
    localrocklover localrocklover
    26-30, F
    Sep 16, 2013

    Look How Far We Have Come ...

    At one time early humans were nomads just walking around naked. Then they invented clothes and learned to build dens in which to live.Then we discovered the wheel and learned how to make tools. Then came farming and organised civilisations.Eventually we had the industrial...
    fishsweeper fishsweeper
    56-60, F
    5 Responses Jun 21, 2013

    Am I Seeing This Right?

    Perception interests me so much. That's because we see what we are conditioned to see by our experiences up to this point, and by our mindset.  What picture do you see here, the old woman or the young woman?  Keep looking at it to see another perception, and later below...
    deleted deleted
    4 Responses Dec 13, 2010

    Solipsism Is Our Own Perceptions The Eerie Architectural Structures Forlorn

    Solipsism Is Our Own Perceptions ... To this ... The Eerie Architectural Structures we see in Forlorn ...One way I get this Eerie "Solipsism" by its meaning is:When looking at Skyscrapers with meany Terraces, Floors, Windows and Spaces to a City or Ancient Sight's. Is ... (?)How...
    ChakraSolipsismMGP ChakraSolipsismMGP
    56-60, M
    Jul 24, 2013

    Opinions Are Meant To Be Changed.

    We all make mistakes and hopefully we all learn something from them, because when we dont then we fail to grow as a person. Two people can have very different opinions on the same subject because of their own experiences and what they chose to learn from them, so really there is...
    DiesSomnium DiesSomnium
    10 Responses Oct 11, 2011

    Good, Bad, Nothing

    Everybody has a different perception on life. The way we perceive things isn't always right. It's hard to tell sometimes. But other people will disagree. One thing is one thing, and it can go many ways. It can go good, it can go back, it can change nothing.
    LylaRocks LylaRocks
    26-30, F
    1 Response Oct 3, 2008
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