Lets put your perception to the test! Have a look at the picture below.
What do you see? Is it a young woman 20 -25 years old with a petite nose that is well dressed, maybe going to a party?
Or do you see an old woman 75 to 85 years old
with a larger nose and a dominant chin?
The first time I was introduced to this picture I remember thinking that either I am crazy or everyone around me is. I saw an old woman with a big nose 80 plus years old. The others saw a beautiful young woman with a petite nose, well dressed in a fur coat.
I thought my friends have either gone mad or they are pulling my leg. After discussing it for few minutes we started to see each others point of view and as it turned out we were all right. We just saw the picture from different perspectives or as you may say "with different eyes".
If you can't see both women scroll down for couple of hints...
This exercise brings up more questions than the answers about what do we see and how. However the most important question is this;
Do we see with our eyes, or do we see through our eyes?
What I mean by that is this - are we pre-programmed to see our world in a certain way?
In the other words, do we see things as we believe they should be by our own beliefs, rather than as they are in reality?
One of the lessons from this exercise should be that we shouldn't jump to conclusions about other peoples views too quickly.
“I know what I know and I see what I see” attitude should be replaced by,“Tell me what you see and why" attitude.
In my view, it is indisputable that there is a good chance that both parties may enrich their knowledge and view by exploring the other party's perspective.
But the first step in this shift of perception is that we must be able to accept the fact that we could be wrong and that our eyes are not able to detect what we don’t believe to be true.
P.S. If you still don’t see the old woman here is the hint.
The necklace of the young woman is the mouth of the old one and the cheek of the young woman is the nose of the older woman. Do you see it now?
Have a great day,