Every second you are receiving millions of pieces of information that you take in through your 5 senses—Sight, Hearing, Taste, Smell, and Touch. This information makes up your mind map. But not all the information is accurate.
You can’t process that much information consciously, so you start to filter some of it. Here are some of the ways you filter the information:
- Deletion—Because something’s not important you ignore it completely.
- Distortion—Believing something is truly different that it really is (mistaking a stick for a snake)
- Generalization—Assuming that all experiences are going to be the same as a past experience.
- Values—What things are important to you?
- Attitudes—What position do you already hold in this situation?
- Language—What words do you use to describe your experience?
- Memory—What did you do in the past in this type of situation?
- Meta-Programs—Are you an Introvert/Extrovert, Sensor/Intuitor, Thinker/Feeler, Judger/Perceiver
Tools To Change Self Perception
Here is an introduction to the basic tools for changing your self perception. I’ll go into more detail later in the podcast series.
- Childlike Curiosity—Having wonder, awe and surprise at many of the things in life you use to make judgments about.
- Experimentation—A willingness to try things just to see what will happen.
- Best vs. Right—You may not have all the information, but you have to make the best decision with the information you have at the time. Total certainty is not possible.