Our perception builds and constructs our reality; which in turn becomes our life. With the help of our good, bad and indifferent judgements, our choice of language, our cognitive biases, past experiences and memories, we assemble how we choose to see the world. All of these inferences paint the way we experience our lives and effect the lives of those closest to us.
What we see is one thing, what we perceive is a completely different matter. Our reality is a co-production. Everything is a projection of what we hold inside our mind. So, I wonder, what if everything we see is really our very own optical illusion? Everything in a way, our own private hell hall of hallucinations.
Like this beautiful parrot. . .
That’s really a woman painted to look like a parrot.
What if we could change the way we see everything, to see more clearly, to expand our mind and in turn our world? What can we bring to this next moment, day, week, year so that we may live a life filled with more purpose and meaning?
Instead of allowing our brains to create a haphazard existence based on our misconceptions and judgements. . .
What if we played a more active role in the process of creating our lives?
Perhaps we begin with examining some of our cognitive biases. A cognitive bias is a systematic error in thinking that affects the decisions and judgments that people make.
Cognitive Biases can screw up our thinking and decision making.
I am curious, which cognitive biases do you relate to?
Side note: a fascinating look at some of the most impressive optical illusions.
Featured photography by Laura Williams