Your perception of reality is false 100% of the time, every time!
What you perceive to be reality is only your reality, you do not share the same perception with anyone.
If 1,000 people read this blog post, there will be 1,000 different perceptions of what I am communicating. There will never be two people in this world with the same perception, ever! You may share similar views and opinions, but your perceptions will always be completely different.
We all form our perceptions the same way — through filters in our conscious mind. Every second of every day, our five senses are bombarded with 2 million bits of information per second. Each one of us uses our three filters to delete, distort, and generalize the 2 million bits of information per second down to 128 bits of information per second.
Through the process of deleting, distorting, and generalizing, we form our own perceived reality! This is how opinions are formed.
An opinion, defined by merriam-webster: belief stronger than impression and less strong than positive knowledge. Meaning, opinions are just as wrong as your perception — 100% of the time!
If you ever get offended, it is 100% your fault for feeling that way. The perception of reality that you created over the course of your life is 100% your responsibility. Next time someone or something offends you, determine how you chose to be offended and fix your perception instead of crying, complaining, blaming, and making excuses.
What offends one person may be the best inspirational idea for someone else.
With 2 million bits of information coming your way, every second of every day, we naturally will delete a lot of information as if it were never there.
Think of a time where you saw something your friends did not see, or vice verse. If you are not consciously looking for something, you will not see it. There are millions upon millions of opportunities around you at every turn in life, you are not seeing them because you are deleting them from your perceived reality.
This is a false reproduction of what actually happened in reality.
If you have a phobia of snakes, just by seeing a rope laying on the ground may distort that information into you perceiving that the rope is a snake. Through distortion, we recreate what happened to make sense to us at that moment in time. If you are not confident and you go to sell your services, you may distort a meeting into perceiving that they do not like you even though they do.
Generalization is when you incorporate your past experiences with your current present.
One way you can look at this is the difference between a lucky optimist and an unlucky pessimist. If you feel like you are always lucky, when you get in a car accident you will perceive it as being lucky. The pessimist will take that same car accident and perceive it as one of the worst things to happen, because, in their past they have always been unlucky. You can also use all the different professions out there. A doctor will view a car accident differently than a lawyer, or stock broker, or teacher, etc.