Chapter 3: Perception. What is perception? The process by which you filter and interpret what your senses tell you so you can create a meaningful picture of the world . Why do people have different perceptions? Physical differences, past experiences/background, present feelings/circumstances
All human beings are born with the ability to perceive things or beings in our environment.
How we process this input, organize it into meaning & concepts, & describe it to one another, is learned.
When faced with something new, we have a ‘gut response’ to it based on prior knowledge or experience. Only with time & practice do we learn to consider other aspects of what we perceive.
This is especially true of our perceptions of people that are unfamiliar to us or places where we have never been.
Fill in the blanks with your perception about the following types of people:
Whenever Richard Cory went downtown
We people on the pavement looked at him
He was a gentleman from sole to crown
Clean-favored and imperially slim
And he was always quietly arrayed
He was always human when he talked
But he still flustered pulses when he said, “Good morning!”
And he glittered when he walked
And he was rich, yes, richer than a king
And admirably schooled in every grace
In time we thought that he was everything
To make us wish that we were in his place
So on he worked, and waited for the night
And went without the meat and cursed the break
And Richard Cory, on a clam summer night,
Went home and put a bullet through his head
What was the townsfolk’s perception of Richard Cory?
What was his perception of himself?
What lesson does this poem teach us about perception?
You will first look quickly at a picture & write down a ‘gut’ response: three words that express your initial feelings and thoughts
Next you will look at the picture longer & write down your interpretation of what is going on in a complete sentence.
You will then have a chance to discuss this with two partners. As a team, write down one objective sentence that completely describes what you see, but with no value words or assumptions.
Let’s look at your interpretations
Let’s hear your gut responses
Let’s look at your objective sentences