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The Perception Principle

Published 1/15/2018

What does it mean to be wrong? Specifically what does it mean when our opinions are wrong?

In Today's episode we're talking about differences in perception. We'll dig into a couple of theories behind different perceptions that we have of others and ourselves and how we respond when we're wrong.

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What does it mean to be wrong? Specifically, what does it mean when our opinions are wrong? In today's episode, we're talking about the principle of perception. This is related to the previous episode of Developer Tea. I revealed to you all that I met many other people in my family and my close friends. We deal with anxiety issues. This has led me down a path to understanding cognitive behavioral therapy and similar subjects around mental health. But it also has helped me to understand what happens when I am wrong. Why is it that my perception and your perception can disagree? That's what we're talking about on today's episode of Developer Tea. My name is Jonathan Cutrell. Thank you so much for listening to today's episode. I'm really excited to talk about this subject because perception is such a huge part of how we live our lives. If you take a random sampling of 100 people and you ask them how they see a particular event, a public event, you might get similar answers, but everyone's perception will be slightly different. Everyone's experience is slightly different. Even if they simply have a different physical location from another person, that changes their experience. How does this affect our day-to-day work? How does a difference in perception, how can that affect our day-to-day work? More importantly, how can we change so drastically our opinions from another person? How can they be so different from each other? We're going to talk about that in just a moment right after we talk about today's incredible sponsor, Linode. Linode has been sponsoring Developer Tea for quite a long time now and we're so thankful that Linode has continued into 2018 to sponsor Developer Tea. 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We've only scratched the surface on what Linode is providing. By the way, they're hiring. If you want to go and check out what it looks like to work at Linode, you can go to Linode.com slash careers. If you just want to become a Linode customer or even if you just want to check Linode out, go and check it out by going to Linode.com slash Developer Tea, you'll get a $20 credit when you use the promo code Developer Tea2018. That's Developer Tea2018 all one word at checkout. That's $20 worth of credit. That's four months of free service on that five gigabyte plan. You also get seven days money back guaranteed. Again, Linode.com slash Developer Tea. So we're talking about the differences in perception. The differences between one person and another, how that can affect perception. There's a lot of theory that drives this discussion. I'm going to present my personal understanding of conglomeration of theories. Hopefully it'll be helpful to you. Of course, you should take the time to look into this yourself if you're interested. There's a lot of things that affect perception. Perception is based on multiple factors. As we said in the previous episode, our perception is something that we create. We build the world around us. To prove this idea, if you are looking at your computer screen or maybe you're looking your phone or maybe you're in the gym and you're looking at the mirror, do you know what's around you? Could you explain everything that's around you? It's difficult to say exactly what is around us, especially when we're not paying detailed attention. However, we do know the general shape of the room that we're in, for example, without having to look at it again. Part of the reason for this is because our perception is not limited to a single factor like vision. It's also limited to or it's expounded on by our memory. Our memory allows us to build up a picture of the world around us. Our memories, our experiences, and the fact that our memories are actually modified by memories before those. So our experiences continue to build on top of each other. And this is why we can have such varied perceptions. Our perceptions of the world around us, our beliefs, our thoughts. All of this is mixed together into a continuously evolving version of yourself. When you access a memory or when you create a new memory, it's built on top of all of those previous memories that you have. So this is why we have such different perceptions. This is why we have different tastes. Why we have widely varying ways of viewing the world around us, widely varying beliefs. It all comes back to this very simple fact that each of us has an individual experience. And it's important for us to note this for a lot of reasons. The first reason is because it helps us understand our own perceptions better. In other words, we can start looking at our own experiences and recognizing why, for example, we may have a particular thought, how we came about having a particular belief, why we view somebody in a particular light, why we avoid certain memories, why we gravitate towards certain other memories. All of this we can begin to analyze from a distant perspective. And instead of saying that our taste is the gold standard or our perception is the gold standard, we can start viewing our perception as one of many. And this allows us also to work better with other people. This is going to be incredibly important as you continue working as a developer, because the people around you are all going to have different perceptions. And it's important that you recognize that your perception won't necessarily align with theirs. Thank you so much for listening to today's episode of Developer Tea. Very excited to share this episode with you. I'm looking forward to your comments and your discussion around this topic of perception. The principle of perception is very simple. If we had to state it in a single sentence, it is remember that your perception is not necessarily the same as someone else's. Remember your perception is not necessarily the same as someone else's. Very simple. Thank you so much for listening. Thank you again to Leonard for sponsoring today's episode of Developer Tea. With Leonard, you can get started with $5 a month. You get four months for free, $20 worth of credit. Head over to Leonard.com slash Developer Tea. Use the code developert2018 at checkout for that $20 worth of credit. Thank you so much for listening and until next time, enjoy your tea.