Change of Perspective

Musings on Writing, Reading, and Life Narratives

Fiction writers and literary critics speak of point of view. Social scientists are more likely to discuss perspective. But both of these terms refer to essentially the same construct: the consciousness behind the perception and narration of experience. Each individual’s point of view is unique, and point of view shapes the stories people tell to themselves and to others about themselves and their relationships with their environment. The same event narrated from two different perspectives will produce two different stories.

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.

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Sunday, April 20, 2008

A New Perspective on Water Drinking

Five Myths About Drinking Water : NPR

One of my particular pet peeves is everyone's insistence that we should drink lots of water every day. There has never been any scientific evidence to back up this claim. This article (with a link for listening to the 3 minute 49 second audio) dispenses with the following five myths about drinking water:

Myth No. 1: Drink Eight Glasses Each Day

Myth No. 2: Drinking Lots of Water Helps Clear Out Toxins

Myth No. 3: Lots of Water Equals Healthier Skin

Myth No. 4: Drinking Extra Water Leads to Weight Loss

Myth No. 5: It's Easy to Get Dehydrated During a Workout