Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Looking From Both Sides Now

It occurred to me while filling out my most recent juror qualification form, perhaps question #6 is a PERCEPTION on my part.  What if I am certifiably crazy  but I only think I am a sane person?

Do we really see ourselves as we are?  Are our opinions of ourselves or the world around us anything close to being accurate?

This week I have noticed on a number of occasions that perhaps, my point of view might be....OK...more than might...strikingly different than those around me.

For example:  I think it's still cold.  I realize it is Spring.  The calendar tells us it's Spring and  everywhere I look, people around me are wearing their sleeveless tops and shorts.  I guess because the sun is finally out and it is APRIL, it is time to think "warm".  I, on the other hand, am thinking 42 degrees Fahrenheit is cold.

Crabby's perception is that summer duds are in order.

Thought Number One:  Perception

As far as the questionnaire goes.... I perceive myself to by intelligent...dare I say... "I am a rational person!" OK, maybe that is a stretch.  While my capacity for being rational hasn't ever been quantified, I have served on juries before and helped determine verdicts.  There is the outside chance that those cases were easy and  they could of been "no brainer" cases.  On the outside chance, I am delusional, maybe I would of still made a good decision.  Face it...there is a 50/50 chance of getting it right. 

But...that leads me to the whole idea of how people perceive things.

 Clearly, many people are at odds these days on how they perceive any situation.   No one seems to agree with anyone else on anything and don't all  of those people think they are right? Don't most of us think that our opinion is based in truth and logic?

 If you were the sort of person to decide to do something outrageous today, would you recognize the fact that you are being illogical...or maybe even  a lunatic?  Just last night at the local AMC theatre here, a man decided to stand up during the movie and urinate on the seats.  The other movie goers seemed to think this was a "bad" thing.  Did the guy peeing on the seats, not perceive this to be out of line?

While it's highly unlikely, what if I am the voice of reason?

Not everything, of course, is black and white. Some times there isn't a clear  right or wrong way of looking at a subject.   Never the less, in most instances there seems to be a lot of expert advice being thrown around by those that deem their viewpoint is the "correct way" of looking at things. From their lofty perception of "rightness" they reasonably concur that the other guy is an idiot. (Hint..if you are one of the idiots, try using graphs and  throw some "statistics" around...it could possibly reinforce your position.)

Thought Number Two: Would we change our opinions if we could imagine ourselves from the perspective of the other person? (or non-person, as the case may be)

Everyone has opinions based on their  perceptions.  Your viewpoint is dependent on if you are the thrower of the   imaginary ball or the dog trying to make sense of it.                                               

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Just Keepin' It Real Folks said...

I definitely live in Deb's world, which is partially based in reality, and is a really good gig if you can get it. However, my crazy ass mother lives in a world of denial and delusion that some shrink would have a field day with!!!

Iluvbeingagrandpa said...

I sooooooooooooooooooooooo luv the dog......perspective huh, funny

lisleman said...

good thought provoking post. The pisser at the movies - he should perceive the black eye and fat lip he needed to receive for pulling a stunt like that. wrong and gross. Please tell someone punched him. I almost forgot the 1st item oh yeah.

Is it a physical infirmity if you have bad gas? Clear the courtroom!

Cheryl P. said...

Oh, I read your blog and I sense that you are firmly planted in the reality sphere. I think maybe your mom has a lot of companions in the land of delusion and denial. I see those types every where.

L.C. Griffith said...

Cheryl, I think it's best to not think at all. At least that's my latest theory. Thinking muddies the water. I like the clarity of nothingness. LOL!! No really, perception changes with the mood and level of alcohol flowing through ones body. Oh...the full moon also influences perception and has been known to trigger lunacy. So, lately I've been trying to learn how not to think too much. Just a little, especially when I have to pee, choosing not to leave a puddle at the concession stand in the movie lobby and taking it to the ladies room instead. What an idiot. And whose perception are we measuring against? You can't trust anyone! Ha!

Cheryl P. said...

From a dogs perspective, there are probably a lot of bad people.

Cheryl P. said...

There seems to be a bit of a brouhaha concerning how AMC handled the pisser. Some lady was on the news saying that the theater management asked the guy to leave but that is all. The lady doing the interview said she went down and filed a complaint for indecent exposure. She seemed really upset that he ruined her movie experience.

It my be a physical infirmity and probably a sure way to get excused from jury duty.

Cheryl P. said...

You and I think so much a like it is scary. I meant to do a 3rd graph with Cheryl P.'s cartoon in a sphere of sensory deprivation. I am choosing to never watch the news or read a newspaper at this point. Ignorance is bliss. As I can't drink any alcohol, I have to make do with just not being aware of my surroundings.

Yes, the ladies would of made a run for the bathrooms as it would of been much more difficult to hit more that one seat. Hardly worth the effort.

Kathleen Barca said...

You are so funny! I love to read your posts. I do not really care what people think of me because it is a lot of work for me to take care of myself let alone others, so why should they do that for me.

Love and Blessings,

Riot Kitty said...

Yes, Crabby Pants, it is a trick question! I love the bubble charts. I think I could inspire new ones, even.

Cheryl P. said...

Thank you, AngelBaby! I think as we gain maturity, we put less emphasis on how others perceive us. You are wise to take care of yourself and not fret trying to pacify the expectations of others.

Have a great week, AngelBaby

Cheryl P. said...

Thanks...I love making graphs of various sorts. I have a bunch that I am trying to figure into a post. If you think of graph or chart ideas, by all means, send them my way.

oldereyes said...

Wow. A TST post filled with Venn diagrams. How absolutely high tech of you :)

Perception is a really interesting topic. After all, at its base it's about interpreting sensory information. But so many people's perceptions of a situation are beliefs based upon no direct sensory input except for what they hear other people tell them is true. I suppose this is a serious response to a funny post but it seems to me that many people have lost their ability to think critically, so they simply buy into others perceptions. The perception of the guy urinating on the seat may be outside the boundaries of civility but at least it's his.

Cheryl P. said...

As far as the Venn diagrams...hahaha about the techy part.... I didn't like any of the Venn diagram generators so I drew circles. Yep, just drew some circles...not very techy of me. I have modified the diagram showing myself 100% immersed in reality (OK, I know that is questionable) and included you.

I appreciate a serious response. In so many of my posts I am poking fun at a serious topic but the underlying premise is meant to be thought provoking. I think a lot of blog readers only think in terms of the entertaining frivolous part of blogs, so often when there is a topic that has the possibility for discussion, it just goes unnoticed.

As for perceptions...I agree that as a society, we have become more "follow the leader" in our formation of opinions. People not only jump on the bandwagon, they want to be seen there because it is the cool team/party/idea to embrace at the moment. Thinking on one's own seems to be considered "not being a team player" these days. Oh, and there is the fact that it takes time to research the subjects that require an opinion in the first place.

I haven't heard what became of the guy at the Leawood AMC but I haven't read today's paper yet. I am curious if he was drunk...odds are in favor that he wasn't thinking clearly. That definitely crossed some boundaries for sure.

Nicky said...

Years ago, we had a staff retreat, in the winter, at a cabin on a mountain. The first day we were there, it was -60 degrees Celsius with the wind chill (that is -76 degrees Fahrenheit) and for the first time I can ever remember, they closed the ski hill. The next day, it was -30 and we were outside with our jackets open enjoying the "beautiful" day. Perspective. There are a lot of outside influences, often beyond our control, that impact our impressions of things.

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Cheryl P. said...

OMG...I can't even imagine being that cold. We bitch and moan here when it's -10 Fahrenheit.

You are right about things that influence our perspective. I think it is a complicated process how people's past experiences define some of their current actions and attitudes. Not that that always is a reasonable justification if it leads to "odd" behavior, but still understandable.

Trina@blogdumps.com said...

Actually , I think they're setting you up for an easy out LOL... Write down a few reasons your opinions are mental infirmaries and boom, no jury duty


Cheryl P. said...

Here in Kansas, there might not ever be a jury paneled if the requirement was being sane. Besides, if I got on a really good case,I would have a blog post to write about it.

abeerfortheshower said...

I always liked the question that asked, "Can you be completely impartial?" because there's always that guy with no shame who's like, "No, I can't be. I hate black people and Mexicans, and I will convict them no matter what," so they get excused, even if they're not actually racist.

Meanwhile, I'm always astounded at people's perceptions of themselves. I think of American Idol syndrome where they think they're God's gift to music, and yet they sing like a dying mule. What in their life could possibly have shaped this perception of themselves? Did not enough people tell them, "You suck. Stop doing this, please. I'll save you years of trying to be a pop star. Here's your application to McDonald's."?

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Cheryl P. said...

Hahaha...absolutely love the guy that says out loud in a room littered with lawyers, judges and cops that he hates Blacks, Mexicans, Republicans or whatever is up his butt. What's equally scary is sitting next to another prospective juror that says he hates those groups but still he/she can remain totally impartial.

I tried to convince a prosecutor once in the pre-interview for jury duty that I wasn't prejudiced against men killing their wives but they didn't pick me for the jury. Can't

imagine that they didn't believe that I could be open minded on the subject.

That is too funny about the American Idol syndrome. I have wondered about that as well. Some are so gawd-awful, surely they have a clue to their suckiness.

Wendy said...

I know I know, I'm oh so late. Well, only if YOU think so! I totally concur that we have a different perspective of ourselves. I have often wondered if I would want to be friends with me (oh dear, have I revealed some inner complex personality disorder?). Anyways, I just could not let this post go by with saying I so appreciate the DOG's thoughts. Pic is excellent and it is true. I have often thought so myself, why people think it is a 'kick' to do this to a dog, tease them, and laugh....hum...would that excuse them from jury duty... their obvious tendency to torture innocence beings...why isn't that on the form?

Cheryl P. said...

Oh, Wendy...from my perspective...you are not late at all. You are always welcome, whatever the time...day or night.

I am sure you would make a great friend to you or anyone else. Perhaps, your multifaceted personality could make friends with all my alter egos. Although, I must warn you that Witchy Cheryl and Crabby Pants are somewhat difficult to be around for extended periods of time.

I always feel bad for animals that are being teased as well...especially dogs as they seem so eager to please. Not much gets people out of jury duty these days. I served on a jury in St. Louis once that was a drug case and one of the other jurors was the wife of a St. Louis cop.

Katherine Murray said...

If it were summer and it got to the 40's, everyone would be excited fall was coming... football, coats, boots .... they would be excited for the change and would put on their wonderful fall clothes. And they would be warm and happy. But gosh! It is the opposite and people are excited but they are FREEZING in those shorts.....I bet they are dying but are faking it to look cool!

Jo-Anne said...

I me to perceive be smart and beautiful and oh so likeable...............when I am really not so smart, not so beautiful and ok I am likeable unless you ask someone who doesn't like me but we both know those who don't like me are idiots..............

Cheryl P. said...

I would have to think that is true, that people running around in shorts in the 40's are regretting their wardrobe choice. It does look odd this Spring seeing half the people still wearing earmuffs and half the people wearing shorts...at the same time. Everyone is just so anxious for warmer weather to arrive,.

Cheryl P. said...

hahahaha...They REALLY are idiots, I am sure...not just perceived idiots. Who wouldn't like you???

meleahrebeccah said...

"I, on the other hand, am thinking 42 degrees Fahrenheit is cold."

That's because it IS cold! People are wearing shorts around here too, meanwhile I am bundled up in Jeans & Hoodies!

"Just last night at the local AMC theatre here, a man decided to stand up during the movie and urinate on the seats. The other movie goers seemed to think this was a "bad" thing. Did the guy peeing on the seats, not perceive this to be out of line?"

NO WAY! I would have died!

Also, that dog picture is flippen hilarious!

Cheryl P. said...

Me to..I am cold at 40 anything. Shorts are out of the question.

On the news they interviewed a few people that were in the theatre during all that and most just shrugged it off as a weirdo. Although....One woman was losing her flipping mind. The reporter went on to say that, that woman went to the PD with a complaint with indecent exposure.

I loved the dog's expression.

meleahrebeccah said...

"The reporter went on to say that, that woman went to the PD with a complaint with indecent exposure"