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Do you believe that how a person perceives something affects their view on it?

Asked by Hypocrisy_Central (26821points) May 24th, 2015

Do you believe that how one perceives something has sway on how they view it? For instance as seeing a cop beating a young man, if you were from the ”hood” would you see it as abuse of power by the cops, or if you were a victim of violent crime you would view it as the thug getting what he had coming, for surely the cops would not be thumping him had he not been doing something illegal. That is just one example of many things that can be viewed through different lenses depending on which telescope one looks through. If you believe what a person believes has nothing to do with how he perceives it, explain how that can be.

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SQUEEKY2's avatar

Isn’t that with everyone, say abortion as an example some say it is killing an innocent child,while others say it is a woman making her own choices and having control over her own body.

How about assisted suicide? Some say it isn’t God’s will,or fear it will be a mass euthanasia tool so want it banned for everyone, while others would just be glad to have the option of leaving early and escape the pain from a terminal illness.

What any of us believe greatly perceives our view of a subject, what fucking pisses me off is when people want their views shoved down other peoples throats.
That is my view!!

fluthernutter's avatar

I think you need to reword the question. Maybe…Do you think people’s experiences affect their perception of things? Seems like a no brainer question though.

patcii's avatar

I think you may be asking the wrong question. How you “perceive” something is the same as how you “view” it. However, that perspective comes from your experience, and your experience determines how well you understand something. Ultimately, that determines your level of empathy for all those involved in a situation.

There are many layers to this onion, and the more diverse your community with respect to experience and understanding, the more viewpoints there will be. Since we cannot all experience everything in life, this is where the value of books, travel, and discussions on line really come into play. The more you understand about the lives and stories of others, and the more diverse their backgrounds are, the more diverse your own perspective will become. You will be able to see the forest, the trees, the branches, the twigs, and the roots.

The wider your ability to perceive a situation – the more viewpoints from which you can approach it – the more you will be able to understand it and ferret out whatever truth there may be, which can then in turn be used to hopefully avoid unpleasant repeats of those situations in the future.

Dutchess_III's avatar

Oh, absolutely. For example, my DIL is a very high strung person who assumes everything is negative and people are talking about her behind her back. As a result she often misunderstands comments and takes offense.

Hypocrisy_Central's avatar

@SQUEEKY2 What any of us believe greatly perceives our view of a subject, what fucking pisses me off is when people want their views shoved down other peoples throats.
But that can be perceived by some in itself as a need to spread or impart information, or a system, process etc. that is going to make life better. If another’s perception is that it is an intrusion on their privacy, rights, autonomy, it is not viewed as an attempt to educate or inform but as some attempt at control or indoctrination.

@fluthernutter Do you think people’s experiences affect their perception of things? Seems like a no brainer question though.
I don’t think what one experiences in and of itself slants people view on a given subject or issue, even though it might, or it may even nudge one’s perception one way or another. I have had numerous bikes stolen from me but experiencing that did not change or create a view that bikes should not be used because they are so easily stolen in some instances, and cops do not view it as a priority crime. If I had been a motorist who hates sharing the road, I might come to the conclusion bikes should stay on the trail and not the roadway.

@patcii How you “perceive” something is the same as how you “view” it. However, that perspective comes from your experience, and your experience determines how well you understand something. Ultimately, that determines your level of empathy for all those involved in a situation.
That is of you sees the perception as something different from the idea of how something is or should go. For instance, I perceive to a great measure that bikes are a way to go transportation wise, especially around town. That doesn’t mean I view cars as evil. I see the need where cars are needed or unavoidable. My views of cars are not lockstep with my views that bikes would be good for most people and maybe healthier for the planet. If my perception of bikes were the same as I view them, I would take no compunction to vilify those who drove for no reason other than they did not peddle around.

There are many layers to this onion, and the more diverse your community with respect to experience and understanding, the more viewpoints there will be. Since we cannot all experience everything in life, this is where the value of books, travel, and discussions on line really come into play.
Getting information from books, blogs, Webinars, newspapers, etc. cause me to view something different if my perception is already set? Say I have the perception nuclear power is dangerous, no facts will get me to view it as safe. If I am pragmatic, and the choice comes to damming a river and wiping out thousands of acres of land which was at one point tribal Native American land containing maybe historical artifacts or building a nuclear power plant to avoid damming the river, my view that the logical thing is to build the power plant because it saves the tribal land would be adjusted from my perception of nuclear power; which has not changed over all, just in this case.

Pandora's avatar

No. I was almost kidnapped and raped by a white man, almost mugged by two black men and had a spanish guy following me home and God know what he intended to do.
And yet I don’t hate men and it doesn’t make me pleased to see cops beating up on someone just because they can.

Why? Because what I believe in and want is justice. Cops taking the law into their own hands isn’t justice. That is being a criminal thug or a vigilante. They are suppose to be the law. Not above the law. They are suppose to be held at a higher standard and set an example of honesty, and trustworthiness, and what it means to be a law abiding citizen. They are suppose to be above criminals, not crawl down in the dirt with them or be even lower.
Another reason why I don’t relish in their criminal acts, is because I’m suppose to have faith that they are fair and worthy of trusting. If I equate them with the criminals than, why would I go to them for help. They can turn on me easily enough. It isn’t their job to punish criminals. That is the lawyers and the judges and jury to decide.

Yes their job is crappy and unappreciated. But look at it this way. People who clean bathrooms for a living are also unappreciated and yet they don’t go around slinging shit on the walls. If you can’t handle your job, quit. Plenty of people quit their jobs everyday, when they can’t handle it. So I have to wonder. Do the bad ones stay because they fear being unemployed, or is it a power trip that keeps them in, or is it because they love being a criminal with a badge.

JLeslie's avatar

Yes, of course it has influence, but it isn’t like one event will necessary alter your perception or point-of-view, and even if it does your POV can still change again over time. It’s different for everyone, because all experiences add up and are interpreted differently by each individual.

Our perception of things is our own reality. This is why two people can have a conversation and one remembers it differently than the other. Or, two people cam be listening to someone and perceive their intent completely differenlty. Or, two people can see the exact same thing, and assume totally different things about the scene.

Bill1939's avatar

One seldom ‘sees’ anything other that what they expect to see, and what is expected is determined by experience (including first and second hand experiences).

LostInParadise's avatar

Yes, it is called prejudice and we all have it to a greater degree than we care to admit. Some commentators have pointed out that the media did not refer to the bikers in Waco as rioters or thugs, just a bunch of homeboys who got out of hand, but the rioters in Baltimore and Ferguson were uniformly referred to as thugs, even though there were more killings in Waco than in Baltimore and Ferguson combined.

josie's avatar

Perception is pre conceptual. People’s perceptions are pretty uniform unless they have some sort of sensory disability.
Conception is an integration perceptions into everything in your conscious and subconscious mind.
After everything is integrated, all sorts of conclusions are possible.

rojo's avatar

Certainly. Perception not only affects ones view ON something but also your view OF something. You see what you want to see.

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