“We do not see things as they are….”

An essay published on 9th July 2019 in the online “Psychology Today” titled “Why we see what we want to see”, tells us that

“the world as we conceive it in our awareness is not exactly an accurate representation of what it truly is. Our perception is often biased, selective, and malleable.”

“As research is demonstrating,” the cultural psychologist Marianna Pogosyan writes in the essay, “Our desires and goals” “taint not only our cognition, emotions, and behavior, but also—quite literally—how we see the world.”

In the 1961 “Seduction of the Minotaur”, loosely (perhaps) drawn from a part of her life, we read Anais Nin: “Lillian was reminded of the talmudic words: “We do not see things as they are, we see them as we are.”

In “The Open Road”, an enchanting book about the Dalai Lama, Pico Iyer ends a chapter with these words: “A pickpocket encounters a saint, the Tibetans say, and all he sees are the other man’s pockets.”

Peace 😊

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