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Perception is Reality – 4 Tips to Help You Alter it

What do I mean when I say that perception is your reality? Do you really understand the importance of your perception for your life?

First of all, let us understand what perception is. According to the Cambridge dictionary perception is “a belief or opinion, often held by many people and based on how things seem”.

I highlighted the words belief and opinion to point the fact that none of these two could ever be totally objective. I also highlighted the last words of the definition because we all may easily understand that things cannot always be as they seem. This means that how things seem also cannot be objective.

“All that we see or seem is but a dream within a dream.”

Edgar Allan Poe

Perception is Reality

What I mean to say here is that bottom line our perception is our life and the world in which we choose to live in.

Researches have proved that our strong beliefs create our reality. This is so powerful to acknowledge. If we believe that we can make something happen it is most possible that we will make it happen. This works also the other way around. If we doubt ourselves and think that we will never make it, we probably never will.

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It is a hard thing to realize that most of the limitations we came across during our life or most of those we keep coming across are mainly there because of our perception. But on the other hand, it is powerful to understand that changing our perception can help us change our lives.

“I believe I am in Hell, therefore I am.”

Arthur Rimbaud

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What Impacts Perception and Our Reality

1. Previous Experiences

It has been proven that the experiences someone had in life have a major impact on the way he/she decodes events, behaviors, and situations in life. This interpretation that happens inside our minds could be either negative or positive. Previous bad experiences may lead us in being afraid of expressing ourselves, of trying new things, of taking challenges, etc.

2. Energy and Physical Condition

Researches have shown that when our energy levels are low when we are tired or in pain we perceive the world around us in a negative way. We perceive the tasks we have to complete as harder than they are and the people as more hostile. Feeling hungry or thirsty can also affect our perception and lead us to specific choices.

3. Emotional Condition

When feeling sad or disappointed we perceive the world as an ugly place and we think low of ourselves. Our life seems hard and everything much more difficult. On the other hand, when feeling happy everything seems easier, the people are friendlier and we are more willing to help anyone in need.

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4. Other Humans Presence

It seems that the presence of other people affects our perception. This presence makes us think that something is easier than what we would have thought when being alone. Going through something painful seems less hard when a loved one is by our side and socializing with others reduces our stress levels.

“When you no longer perceive the world as hostile, there is no more fear, and when there is no more fear, you think, speak and act differently.”

Eckhart Tolle

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The Perception of Ourselves – Perception is More Important than Reality

How about what we perceive of ourselves? This is also the belief or the opinion we have of our self, or what the others believe about us based on what they have seen which we also have adopted us our belief. People with low self-confidence and low self-esteem perceive themselves in a bad way and value themselves low.

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Thinking low or high of ourselves is mainly based on our previous experiences. However, we all have our strengths, and being able to recognize them will help us gain self-awareness.  By gaining self-awareness we can raise our self-confidence and furthermore change our perception of our self.

Our self-perception is so powerful that could lead us to conquer whatever we want or totally destroy us. It depends on what we choose to perceive ourselves like.

Related: Do you Lack of Self-Confidence? 5 Tips to Boost it

How to Alter your Perception Tο Alter your Reality

1. Be Willing to Alter your Thoughts

Your perception is your belief. Changing your thoughts means that you decide to change the beliefs you have. However, no change is ever possible without the will for change. This is the starting point and everything else will follow.

2. Be Responsible

Understanding that you are the person responsible for your life is of major importance. Responsibility will help you identify that previously taken wrong choices are not here to define your future choices. You are responsible for the path your life took but you are also responsible for what is coming up next.

3. Show Sympathy and Understanding

Sympathy and understanding should be shown to yourself. It is not an easy step to change your perception. Learning to perceive yourself and life in a certain way was a long time process so shifting it will also not happen in one day. Taught behaviors cannot be altered instantly. Understand that time is needed and feel compassion for yourself.

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4. Evaluate your Thoughts

Learned behaviors and types of thinking are not easily controlled. Sometimes even though you have the will, the past self takes over. Learn to question your thoughts and their validity. It is a good idea to share thoughts with a friend or someone you trust. Thinking about something from another perspective or simply listening to the perspective of another person could be very helpful.

Conclusion on Perception is Reality

Your perception is your reality. Shifting your way of thinking means that you use your thoughts to start creating the life you want to live. Start perceiving the world as a friendly place and the world will be a friendly place. After all, you are the artist of this piece of art called life.

“You have your brush, you have your colors, you paint the paradise, then in you go.”

Nikos Kazantzakis

Resources – Relative Articles

https://www.nature.com/articles/srep32986

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/03/180301094822.htm

https://greatergood.berkeley.edu/article/item/eight_reasons_to_distrust_your_own_perceptions

72 thoughts on “Perception is Reality – 4 Tips to Help You Alter it”

  1. This was such an interesting and detailed post. This was really informative with some really great tips on how to alter and change it. Thank you for sharing.

    Lauren – bournemouthgirl

  2. Brilliant post, thank you so much for sharing our way of perceiving life and creating the life we want by changing our thoughts positively

  3. This was such an insightful read – I found myself nodding along to quite a few of the points you mentioned! I definitely want to try and change my thoughts (particularly when I’m tired and/or alone) so I can have a more positive perception. Thank you so much for sharing another important post <3

  4. This was an interesting read Eri! Perception is really important. We are what we believe actually. How we perceive ourselves and life in general can make us better people or just make us feel worthless. Like you said, our perception could help us conquer whatever we want or totally destroy us. It depends on what we choose to perceive ourselves like. I try to have a positive perception of myself and life in general because perception really plays an important role in our lives. If someone believes/perceives that they are useless then they will be useless not because they were created to be useless but because most times our lives are manifestations of our beliefs and perception. It can be hard to have a positive perception especially during tough times but it’s worth it!

    1. Totally with you Ruth. Our lives are manifestation of our thoughts, beliefs and perception. I am glad we agree. Thank you for commenting 🙂

  5. Great post. I totally agree with this. Changing my thoughts is the best thing I’ve ever done, because it really is all about mindset.

  6. This was really interesting to read; I am a big supporter of mindset shifts and how freeing they can often be. Our perceptions of reality can sometimes not be as clear as it should be so learning more about it all is so important. Thanks so much for sharing!

  7. Great post! Perception definitely matters a lot. I totally agree with the point of being responsible. It also indirectly shows us that we have responsibility and choice over or actions and thoughts which can change our reality.

  8. This is so true. Perception is all about your point of view, which is often not accurate and can lead to misrepresentation. Some really thoughtful and helpful suggestions here, Eri, thank you.

  9. Very interesting post, definitely gets you thinking and examining your own situation to see how your reality is altered. Thanks for sharing this, I really enjoyed reading!

  10. I studied international relations at university and there is a theory known as Constructivism which states that things only have meaning or power because humans have decided they do. It talks about the power of spoken word e.g. “I pronounce you man and wife.” This blog post really reminded me of that. A super interesting read.

    1. I have studied about it constructivism too and it made total sense to me. I am happy you found it interesting. Thank you for commenting and adding your thoughts in this thread 🙂

  11. This was a great read! Everyone’s perception of life varies so I don’t think there really is any true way late looks like because it’s altered by the way we think and act.

  12. Very good post. I work as a PT and how people perceive their pain (in a negative or positive light) is probably the biggest indicator in whether they will have a good or bad prognosis. If you think pain is bad, it’s going to hurt and not get better. It really is that simple in most cases!

  13. Such an enlightening post. Very informative and eye opening. It really gets you thinking about our own perspective on things and what/how we’re all very different.

  14. Very cool. I’m definitely on board with the mindful idea that what we perceive is more impactful than any sort of “objective” view of reality, but I had never considered all the different factors that weigh into that perception. I always kind of saw it as some kind of “default” perception, and then how you choose to perceive something. Love this idea of how your past, present, and environment play into it and all the things you can do to intentionally reshape it.

  15. This is such a interesting post! I know myself I can be quite negative when it comes to certain things in life and after reading your post, it’s something I’m defiantly going to change. You’ve shared some great tips which I’ll for sure be taking into account. Thank you so much for sharing Xo

    Elle – ellegracedeveson.com

  16. I totally agree with this. Your thought process really can determined whether or not you’re successful. I know people who are so negative, and I know they will struggle to achieve anything because it’s everyone else’s fault why they have ended up where they are. Very interesting read 🙂

  17. I feel like this is another such important topic you’ve touched on and love how you’ve laid it out. Our perceptions really do impact so many aspects of our lives. One of the most challenging things I’ve done in my life is change the negative “tapes” or thoughts that would play over in my head and give me a negative view on myself. It was a worthwhile task to take on though! And the sympathy/understanding for myself was so important in that journey so I love that you highlighted it here.

    1. I am glad you could relate yourself to this one and you understand exactly why I mentioned everything I did. Thank you for commenting 🙂

  18. This comes to me at just the right time! I have noticed that my outlook on past experiences and, if it is present in my life, the turmoil of now drastically changes when I am upset or tired. I get stuck in a rut of negative thinking and simply cannot find one positive thing to hold onto.

    Showing sympathy and understanding as well as being willing to alter my thoughts and beliefs is a wonderful way to develop some fluidity. Thank you so much for sharing!

    1. I am glad I could offer you an understanding of how our perspective can be impacted and I helped you a bit in finding ways to alter it when needed. Thank you for commenting ❤️

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