I have been having several experiences this year which have led me to learn about the subject of perception. These experiences brought the words “perception is not always reality” to my mind over and over again.
Perception is not always reality.
A person observes the actions of another, interprets what they believe are the other person’s intentions, and then their interpretations are transformed from opinions to those of facts. The observer actually comes to believe that they know the thoughts behind the other person’s actions. There are times when the observer is correct. However there are also times when they are incorrect, especially when the perception is clouded by barriers.
Barriers to having true and correct perception:
Emotions of the observer, due to struggles and problems in their lives
Insecurities/fears of the observer which cloud their views
Negative thoughts/feelings the observer has about the other person
Being too quick to take words personally which are not meant about you