Perception and What We “See” Varies from Person-to-Person

April 15, 2011 - Posted by Dr. Chris Stankovich to Athletic Counseling

The way we perceive the world around us varies and is as unique as our individual personalities.  Even though we might look at the same picture, what we interpret will vary depending on a number of factors, including what we anticipate to see.  For example, if you look at a bed of roses, do you see the roses or the thorns?  Both are there, but what you “see” depends on what you choose.

Take the classic visual perception drawing above – what did you first see?  Did you eventually see that there is both an old and young woman in the picture?

When you look at the message above, what did you first see?  Did you notice that both the words “good” and “evil” are in the image?

Finally, the illustration above seems to show square placed on top of four triangles.  Upon closer inspection, you might notice that the square is really a result of the objects around it, and a result of wanting to connect lines that really aren’t there.For athletes, it is important to remember that stress, adversity, and failure can be “seen” in many different ways according to theories drawn from sports psychology.  Rather than giving in to the negative aspects of the situation, athletes can choose to focus on the potential for recovery and success.

Athletes can make significant advances with their sports performance levels by working hard to use self-discipline when it comes to positive focus.Human perception can strengthen mental toughness, resulting in greater motivation, sports performance, and resiliency.

Dr. Chris Stankovich



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