How do we see the world? Consider the two birds in the photo above. Each will see something different because they are looking from two different perspectives.

the relationship or proportion of the parts of a whole, regarded from a particular standpoint or point in time; a specific point of view in understanding or judging things or events.

In its literal sense, perspective refers to our physical point of view or angle of vision. In its metaphorical sense, perspective includes our emotional and psychological outlook. Perspective shapes the stories we tell ourselves and others about us and about our relationships to our environment.

A change of perspective can expand our perception and reframe our thinking about our experiences. We can all benefit from an occasional change of perspective.

Leonardo da Vinci was keenly aware of the importance of perspective. In his notebooks he made extensive diagrams of human anatomy. He drew each anatomical part from three perspectives because he knew that to understand an anatomical feature completely he had to see it from all angles. Another famous example of the studies in perspective from his notebooks is the sequence of three drawings of a rose, each seen from a different perspective:

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going beyond or higher, transcending: used to form terms designating an area of study whose purpose is to examine the nature, assumptions, structure, etc. of a (specified) field.

Metaperspective is the theoretical study of perspective, or point of view, in all its manifestations.

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