Selective Perception

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Perception is the way we view the world around us. It helps us understand others and life. There are three main steps to perception: Selecting, organizing, and interpreting. These steps help create our perception, and happen so quickly that most of the time we aren’t even aware that we are doing it. The step of selecting is one of the most important, it involves selective exposure, selective perception, and selective memory. The things we select determine how we perceive life, and our behavior. Although the other steps to perception are important, this essay will be focusing on the concept of selecting. Selection is the first step in how we perceive things. The mind is such an amazing organ, that it selects certain things, without us even being consciously aware of it. The concept of selection implies that we select what we expouse ourselves to, what we perceive and what we remember. Although most of the time we are unaware of it, we can become more aware by learning about it. Learning about how we perceive things, and how we select things, will make us become aware of when we are doing it. The more that we notice when we do it, the more we are able to identify and stop bad selection habits, and enforce better ones.…show more content…
I have a friend who I am pretty close to, we talk often. Talking and listening are important to our relationship. I have realized that I often expouse myself to friends of my own views. And when I talk with my friend I find the things that have to do with me, and don’t really listen to the rest. This hurts our relationship in a big way. It might make her feel that I don’t care as much about her personally, I only care about what obtains to me. Although this isn’t true, it would seem that way. And that is why an understanding of this concept could help me become more aware of the things I am selecting and how it might affect myself and
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