Perception by definition is the ability to see, hear, or become aware of something through the senses. Individualized perception in itself is precisely as such: a formed belief by one individual who can see and experience and translate it in the way that they have personally observed the event. A grouped perception is a situation where numerous people now formulate the same outcome and it therefore becomes a belief that exists among a number of people. Typically, we can first begin to understand and accept a grouped belief much easier than an individual belief in which the observer would have to share his or her perceptive view; thus leaving the listener with the choice of acceptance and understanding of the individualized event. We can speculate and relate one perceptive view to another, or reject them all together and assume it as false knowledge only believed by the observer.
Let us focus first on the more obvious facts that should be considered. As individual minds, we perceive information differently from which we take from it and observe what makes the most sense to our minds. Let’s take a look at practical understanding: Subject A and subject B are in the forest and both witness the same event: If subject A conceives the notion that while in the forest, they observed let’s say a Sasquatch that subject B suggests the creature was really a bear; subject A will not be convinced by subject B’s theory because they perceived the sighting in a way that made the most sense to them. Let’s now place subject A and subject B as witnesses to a car accident. Although both subjects were physically present during the horrific event, subject A may perceive the truck was at fault and not the car whereas subject B claims it was really the car and not the truck. We can now begin to see that though we may witness the same event with others; we can easily understand that our own individualized beliefs as personal facts that may greatly differ from the person standing next to us.
We can also perceive words much different and accept them perchance in a way they weren’t meant. Our first step to an overall understanding is to accept that everyone really is different, and that they may not always take out of the words the same thing that you might. We process knowledge in a manner that our minds allow us; in most cases, we could be wrong for many years and finally realize this fact much later whereas someone else could be absolutely correct and then later perceive that they were, in fact, wrong. Not only could we teeter totter either extreme, but we could altogether start arguments or wars over misconceptions—A man well comforted in his gathered perception will argue to the point of exhaustion because he is secure in believing he is correct—this can also turn into a healthy debate that could produce a great opportunity to learn from the colloquy.
It is important to keep in mind that everyone will perceive any information they see or hear in their own way.
When we become aware that a person’s individual perception greatly differs from our own; we must begin to learn the how and why behind their belief system. Perhaps we are incorrect versus the opposing party; in instances such as religion there is a huge gap between beliefs and typically this results in some very heated disputes and even results in war. In religion we know that this is mostly a grouped perception but within said group there is also individual perception and these individuals will take from the group bits and pieces of information and sort of build their own idea. By trying to convince them that they may not be entirely correct, we are then posing our own beliefs upon them to comfort a part of our own individual belief systems. Have you ever heard someone say “If you believe it is so, then it is so!”? When crossing somebody who is adamant that their version is the correct version, simply state that very saying: If you believe it is so, then it is so.
When dealing with somebody who will argue their individual perceived belief with you; first start by not turning around and pushing your individual beliefs back on to them. We can hold very educational debates with individual perceptive views if we first accept and respect the opposing idea. In the paranormal community; there are varied debates on such subjects as orbs, personal experiences, and some depend on speculation when making their case about an individualized belief on something that is otherwise difficult to prove without banking on an individualized conception. There may be a large group of people who suggest that they believe and then another group who ask for verified proof to back those beliefs. As a senior director of a large paranormal organization; I can tell you from experience that individualized events can and have become some of the most argued, and debated subjects among the community. Agreeing to disagree can become difficult especially where personal belief systems are involved and because we are all individual when in witness to such phenomena; this can render each person in the colloquy the notion that perhaps they had perceived the event in an incorrect manner for which they then can begin to learn where the falsehoods may be in their beliefs. Unfortunately there are some people who will become defensive of their initial beliefs and they will then retaliate either in an argument or another way to suggest that only their perceived belief is the only correct information during said debate.
We must now conclude that although we see something one way, our neighbors most likely see it in another way that makes the most sense to them. I can’t suggest to you for example that everything I scribe is entirely correct. I can only offer my knowledge and share with you what I perceive in the respect that if, perhaps, I am entirely wrong, it could be pointed out why that is believed and I can either accept it, or I can dismiss it entirely. The choice would be left to me. Of course we know that there are people who can never accept that they may be wrong, and that is also okay. There is no point in forcing them or insisting that they see it any other way. You can only explain to them your version and leave it up to that person to either accept it, or reject it.
Individual perception can make us question everything. A part of a brighter way of thinking is to be willing to absorb and obtain any and all given information on something we may see or hear and rationalize it to the best of our ability in order to come to a satisfying conclusion that best suits our personalized belief system. Remember, there is always room to learn from another if we allow ourselves to admit any wrongs or misinformation. Besides, learning from another can be fun. Perhaps somebody thinks quite similar to you and they may have bits and pieces to the bigger picture you were before lacking and that can then give you a newer, more complete picture of the perceived idea in a whole. We should never saturate our minds by assuming we already have all of the answers when there may exist an opportunity to gather more knowledge. We are never too old or too smart to learn! But, we must also respect those among us who are deeply passionate that their individualized perception is perfect as it currently exists to them …
After all: To me, the glass is half full and to you the glass is half empty.