Happy December folks!!! For this week’s theme of #Last90Days we are going to talk about perception. This topic is something that I personally feel passionately about because it is at the heart of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. At Healing Path Counselling Services, the bulk of the work that is done revolves around this concept of perception ~ truths and untruths.
So, what is perception? At the basic level, it is the awareness of something through our senses. In other words, it’s the ability to see, hear, understand or become aware of something. Perception is important because of the following reasons:
- It’s a physiological process through which everything in this world is interpreted and understood.
- It’s the way people perceive things that defines their character and attitude. Kindness, hate, love and all other emotions originate from one’s perceptions about something.
- It helps define what happiness means to a person. For some – earning money is happiness; for others – spending money is happiness.
- It helps in shaping a person’s goal(s) and his/her outlook on life. It’s the thing that initiates anyone to find their purpose in life.
Rachel Hollis states that “Perception means we don’t see things as they are; we see things as we are.” Therefore you will see all things around you (relationships, your self worth, contribution to society) through the lens of what you think and feel and believe. However, we all know that our perception can often be skewed because it can be coloured by your past, your values & beliefs, and what we term in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy as your “schemes”. Rachel Hollis goes on to say that “If your past tells you that nothing ever works out, that life is against you, and that you’ll never succeed, then how likely are you to keep fighting for something you want?” This captures the essence of how our perception can have a negative impact on our views of ourselves, our relationships and our lives because one will behave according to their perceptions.
So how can one turn this around? Well, you first have to be willing to do the work from a mindful place. Knowing that this work may bring up difficult emotions to be processed. You may have to re-write some of your stories in your past to see them in a different light. You will likely have to challenge those schemas by analyzing the evidence that supports or doesn’t support your beliefs. And one will have to dig deep into your core of what has shaped you into the person you are today AND what areas do you want to change?
Please reach out at Healing Path Counselling Services if you would like to rewrite your story to affect positive change.
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