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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Thursday, May 29, 2008

The brain on autopilot - Los Angeles Times

The brain on autopilot - Los Angeles Times:
"The primitive mind isn't all bad, and sometimes it's essential."
Everyone would probably agree that attention is too scarce. If we can do something well enough without paying attention, then that's how we do it. We do not have enough attention to micro-manage our lives. But although our limited attention can cause problems, it is not necessarily a design flaw.
This brief opinion piece is a good extension of my earlier post, Driving on Autopilot.


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