Perception is reality. I hear this a lot and I’ve started to understand just how true it is. Sure what people think about you matters, but this is so much more than that.
For example, sometimes help can we unwanted. If the helper thinks what they are dojng is good, but the helpee doesnt, then thats a problem. like what if your baby sibling tried to help you on an art project. To them, scribbles look like museum worthy art but to you, it looks like someone spilled food all over your watercolor. Sometimes, intention and perception vary greatly.
Another more known example can be found in the sixth Harry Potter story, when Harry acts like he slipped lucky potion into Ron’s pumpkin juice. Ron believes it and as a result, performs to perfection. Perception becomes reality.
But even beyond interactions with other people, perception is a powerful thing. A couple summers ago, at a museum, I saw this exhibit that asked you to place your hand in a box and scratch the cast or. Apparently, this technique is used often in medicine to almost trick the patient into feeling the “relief.”
Another medical term relies on the power of perception. The whole idea of a placebo is to prescribe an inert pill or perform a “procedure” that really does nothing and not tell the patient. As a result, the patient, believing themselves to be cured often experience an improvement in psychological response to the ailment or even a physical betterment.
Mere perception has the power to save lives. Perception is often reality. And that’s a powerful thing.