Is everything perception


Perception as a way of resilience

Our perception is a highly complex information processing system. On the other hand, it can be described relatively easily: Human perception is everything that is grasped with the five senses.

This sensory system can be abbreviated as VAGOG. The letters stand for visual (see), auditory (hear), kinaesthetic (feel), olfactory (smell) and gustatory (taste). However, the first three senses in the list, i.e. seeing, hearing and feeling, are usually very present.

The bottle neck model

An enormously important fact that should be kept in mind over and over again is that we never perceive objectively. We don't see the world as it is, our clever brain only shows us an image of reality. This can be explained with the so-called bottleneck model.

Imagine that our cognitive system is built up like a bottle neck, which then merges to the outside of the bottle. The influences that now come from outside do not all fit through the thin bottle neck at the same time. Therefore, the information arrives selectively in the brain. Because as fascinating as our thinking apparatus is, it only has a limited capacity in which information can be absorbed and processed.

How does our perception work?

The image of the world that is formed individually in our heads is made up of small pieces of information. These recorded parts are converted into electrical impulses and passed on to our brain. The impulses are then processed by recognizing patterns and assigning them to what is already known.
During this process, the patterns are also sorted according to individual and social measures. They are determined by our values ​​and beliefs, but also by our socialization.
This information never reaches our consciousness unfiltered, which is why perception is the same for everyone, but is highly individual. Within the process, the content is given personal meanings.

If we see something and say that it IS so, it doesn't have to mean anything. We just perceive it that way. Depending on your perspective, someone may see it completely differently.

Perception and resilience

This inner perception, in which we give perceived stimuli a meaning, defines our thinking, acting and feeling. Knowing your own perception and dealing with it is a fundamental way to become more resilient. Because our perception determines how we behave and how we feel.

One problem can be huge in your own world, but the same problem is rather small for another. If we note that perception is not objective and we convey this in the same way ("In my world ..."), conflicts can be easily resolved on this basis and stress can be reduced.

Furthermore, the perception can even be influenced, which can change the view of a problem or a challenge. This makes us flexible in our dealings with the world we perceive. And that can be done either through focusing or through the so-called perception filters.

The perceptual filters

There are three broad categories into which the filters can be classified that have a significant impact on our perception. These filters are:

1. Neurological filters: Our brain is physically incapable of perceiving everything in its entirety. For example, we cannot perceive certain sound or light frequencies for anatomical reasons.

2. Cultural and social filters: People are ethnologically different. This also means our perception differs accordingly from one another. Here is an example: How many types of snow do you know? Four, maybe five? An Inuit, on the other hand, distinguishes between 20 different types of snow.

3. Individual filters: But not only our culture shapes our perception, but also our individual experiences. We are interested in different things so that we perceive them more clearly. A good example of this is “party listening”; this allows us to block out music and other noises when we are concentrating on a conversation. We can control this depending on your interests. The key word here is emotional relevance.

Sebastian Mauritz, M.A. Systemic consulting, is one of the leading resilience experts in Germany. He is a five-time specialist author, keynote speaker, resilience trainer, systemic coach, board member in many coach and trainer associations and entrepreneur. His focus is on individual resilience and prosilence®, resilient leadership and team resilience. He is the initiator of the resilience online congress, during which he exchanges ideas with over 50 other resilience experts from various disciplines (