Perception is the way you think about or understand someone or something.
The way people view me varies from person to person. Some may think I’m determined, fake, nosy, ambitious, ditzy, sarcastic. Their perception of me is only theirs though. It’s out of my control. I think to an extent I can help shape the perception people have of me, but say one thing “off-color” and I’m immediately written off or say I don’t laugh at the joke and I’m suddenly a bitch. It fascinates me. I’ve met tons of people who are quick to judge and draw conclusions about people after minutes, days, weeks. People are complex. The layers are endless.
I wish people would just listen to more of other people’s stories. I wish people wouldn’t take a text and twist it into something it’s not. Or come to the conclusion that their co-worker is incompetent because she doesn’t understand the basics of WordPress for example.
I have plenty of negative perceptions towards people, activities, programs, whatever. Some of them are well-earned (in my opinion) while others may be negative because I only heard one side of the story. It’s honestly sad and lately, rather disheartening. Someone decided to speak negatively about me to a friend of a friend of a friend. Right. So naturally I hear about it and am bummed that someone would conclude such things about me that are obviously not true.
I’m going to be more cognizant of how I’m forming my opinions or perceptions of others. I hope you are too. And I hope that when you’re forming your perceptions of something or someone, you sprinkle a little “benefit of the doubt” on top.