Perceptions

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Why are the perceptions you have of your skills usually different from the perceptions that others have of your skills Why Do Differences in Perception Occur? The way you sense the world—the way you see, hear, smell, touch, and taste—is subjective, uniquely your own. Nobody else sees the world the way you do, and nobody experiences events exactly as you do. The uniqueness of human experience is based largely on differences in perception—“the process of becoming aware of objects and events from the senses” (DeVito, 1986) Perception is subjective, active, and creative. Active perception means that your mind selects, organizes, and interprets that which you sense. So each person is a different video camera, and each person aims the…show more content…
Roles also tend to change with context: in your parents’ home you are a son or daughter; in your own home you may be a roommate or a mother or father; in the classroom you are a student; and at work you may be an editor or a manager. Culture and Co-culture The ways people greet each other, position themselves when they talk, and even eat and sleep are all influenced by culture. An intercultural communication researcher, maintains that what people see, hear, taste, touch, and smell is conditioned by their culture. He says that people’s perceptions are largely learned; the greater the experiential differences among people, the greater the disparity in their perceptions. Conversely, the more similar their backgrounds, the more similarly they perceive the world. People from different cultures and different countries perceive communication differently. American speakers who are accustomed to a certain level of feedback might find audiences in Finland and Norway to be inexpressive. To complicate matters further, your co-culture also affects your perceptions of the world. Women and men, for example, tend to see the world differently, to communicate about it differently, and even to practice and perceive communication itself differently. Women tend to see talk as relational, as a way to share and understand feelings, whereas men tend to see talk as instrumental, as a way to
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