CASE 7

Perception is the Only Reality

IT is the perception of reality and not reality itself that influences individuals’ behavior. People’s reactions are based on their subjective perception of reality, consisting of a situation, object, and the other person. The person who is being perceived is also acting based on his or her perception of the context (situation, object, and/or person). I will explain this process using the example of my personal experience. During a particularly busy work schedule, I was lecturing in three countries over a period of one week: Poland, France, and Switzerland as the final destination. In Switzerland, I pulled into a gas station to refill the tank and wash my car. Next to the station was a used car dealership. ...

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