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When is the last time you had your perspective changed?

Asked by ANef_is_Enuf (26839points) July 25th, 2011

I have noticed that in the last few days there have been a few small events that have drastically changed my perception of certain things. One of these instances was when I received an unexpected, and very touching, compliment from a jelly here.

When is the last time someone/something unexpected really changed your perspective?

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Jeruba's avatar

I think my perspective changes all the time, whenever I really listen to someone else or read or see something about experiences different from mine. My perspective broadens with exposure to experiences other than my own as well as with the ongoing expansion of my own experience.

Just as your visual perspective changes with physical movement, I think my mental perspective changes with the movement from day to day, as long as I stay open to new awarenesses.

My perceptions don’t change so often: I still see what I see. But what I think about them and how I interpret them are affected by a change in perspective.

incendiary_dan's avatar

Never. I’ve thought exactly as I do now since I was an infant.~

I think the stuff I’ve learned both in college and in my independent study, particularly about human nature and ecology, made me drastically re-evaluate a lot of things. I’ve gone through a number of political and religious labels.

Blackberry's avatar

It changes all the time. I can’t really remember the last time, but I was reading a book about law recently, and some of the stuff in the book really helped me see the legal system in a different way. I went from knowing nothing technical about law to basic tenents of law, and it just makes you think differently in those regards.

GialloBubble's avatar

I always have my perspective change, I’m always try to understand people. When I look at their perspective I’ll find something that I never thought of, and I learn from it. My perspection are almost always changing. I do have my own thoughts and believes but I’m always open and wanting to learn more about others. I like thinking outside my box once and while, because sometimes people do have better ideas than I do.

ucme's avatar

Just last week the wife cooked dinner &.......nobody died!!
my face when…. :¬)

MacBatman31's avatar

Not the most recent of my perception changers, but I do consider this my biggest one, was after I read the book, The Last Lecture. That book truely changed my perspective on life itself.
Before I read that book, I would let people critcize my dreams, and tell me I need more “realistic” goals. I would honestly cry when I was younger because family members would laugh in my face about me wanting to be a professional football player.
After I read that book, and saw how Randy Paushce didn’t let people shatter his goals, it gave me a new perspective. I looked at life quite a bit more positively. That book helped me realize that if I want to do it, I will, and no one will stop me, except for myself.

“The brick walls are there for a reason. The brick walls are not there to keep us out. The brick walls are there to give us a chance to show how badly we want something. Because the brick walls are there to stop the people who don’t want it badly enough. They’re there to stop the other people.”
— Randy Pausch (The Last Lecture)

That was my BIG perspective changer.

Cruiser's avatar

My boys do it quite often. I thought I had it all figured out…but they convinced me otherwise that life is not all according to Cruiser.

Russell_D_SpacePoet's avatar

I try to adjust my perspective all the time. Easier to try to see the whole situation that way. The situation being life.

stardust's avatar

My perspective is always changing. I’m introduced to new ideas/different viewpoints constantly and so my perspective is challenged and broadened.

zenvelo's avatar

Last week I was at the courthouse for my divorce trial. The hallway is where a lot of criminal trials were taking place. I noticed there were very few whites other than attorneys, it just seemed like minorities were the only ones who were involved with the criminal justice system. It really opened my eyes as to what is more likely to happen in poor neighborhoods.

Blueroses's avatar

I had a class last week where everybody had to go up and write a primary life goal on the board. I was floored by some of them and it made me realize how little I know about these people I spend so much time with. It made me resolve to spend more effort on hearing people’s stories and concerns.

Jeruba's avatar

Very nice, @Blueroses. GA.

Berserker's avatar

Whenever something hardcore or eventful happens, I seem to strap my own logic and sense of interpretation to it and model it to fit what I understand and am familiar with. Sad but true. So, I guess no, my perspectives don’t change much.

Sunny2's avatar

I think the biggest change was taking instructions from a priest because I was engaged to a Catholic man. The priest helped me understand that I didn’t believe man had a soul. That was the end of my lessons about reward or punishment for the way one led his/her life. I had quite strong beliefs about the kind of person I wanted to be and I found most of the rules I’d made for myself in the catechism book, but the reasons I believed in them had nothing to do with religion, but in my own sense of morality and the human community.

linguaphile's avatar

My perspective changes in little ways all the time, when I get to know people better, when I realize my opinion of something was one-sided, when I read something different, or when my students say something really profound in class that I never heard before. Almost every single time, I really appreciate the enlightenment—I enjoy expanding my mind and thoughts. It comes like a small burst of surprise, with a pleasant, “Oh!”

There are a few perspectives that I have stuck to for years- they’re there, I know they’re there, and some of them I know aren’t the greatest, but they’re still there.

The most recent-recent-recent perspective change was this

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martianspringtime's avatar

My perception is constantly changing in small ways. For awhile it seemed that I was in a sort of rut where nothing seemed any different to me, but recently I’ve been seeing some things in different ways. I’ve been reading up on astrology and it makes everything seem so different. Not necessarily smaller, but almost magical and beautiful and huge.
Also, a girl I was friends with in school had a blog and I followed it and found that she really opened my eyes to a lot of things I wasn’t aware of before in terms of modern sexism (and racism, but I’ve always been more aware of that). I feel a lot freer than I did before, and also a lot more accepting of people in ways I never realized I was closed-minded to.

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