Do you remember when you were a child and you accidently ate a watermelon seed? Your friends and siblings had you convinced you were going to sprout a watermelon plant in your stomach. Even later when you knew better you were really cautious about those seeds. Perception is essential to balance. Part of your perception is innate. It is your nature to view your environment with a lens of personal beliefs. The other part of perception is environment – the cues you received from family and community that shaped your beliefs. Perception can promote bias, make negative generalizations, and create problems that do not really exist. This can lead to unhealthy relationships and  poor mental and physical health.

While subjective perception (your own personal views of how the world works) feels safe and right, it can counteract with the perception of others. Who is right? Who is wrong? Motivation to reduce counteraction in personal and public relationships means finding commonality. It means trusting that differences in perception are not a threat, but natural, and that people may still be inherently good regardless of their perceptions. Remember, perception does not make it fact even though it feels like fact. Work through why your beliefs are different than others without making anyone wrong.


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