Day 145: We all see the world differently

Perception. It’s the darnedest thing. You and I could both be witnessing the very same event but walk away from it with completely different experiences. Emily Balcetis’s Ted talk “Why some people find exercise harder than others” is a pretty insightful look into human behaviour.

Perception is unique to each and everyone of us and is shaped by our past history and our values and core beliefs. Have you ever had one of those days where everyone just seems to be in a bad mood including yourself? Perhaps you got caught in traffic delays on your already long commute to work and when you arrive at work everyone seemed to be in a bad mood. Later that evening when you arrive home your partner is upset with you for not wanting to go out that evening. Emily suggests that maybe the situation is being viewed through the wrong perception. Perhaps, your co-workers are concerned for you and you partner is worried that you are not feeling well.

The point is that we view EVERYTHING through our eyes with emotion and meaning attached and this means that at times we may not be getting the best reading of a situation.

Emily uses the bulk of her Ted talk to explain from a human behavior standpoint while some people are just better at sticking to exercise goals than others. It’s a pretty fascinating insight into human psychology and will explain why some people New Years resolution flop by Valentine’s Day.

If you haven’t watched Emily’s Ted talk yet hit play above and let me know what you think. Have you ever been in a situation where you and a friend witnessed the same event but had completely different experiences? Please share your story in the comment box below.

Vanessa Rose