REFLECTIVE ESSAY PERCEPTUAL ERRORS
PERCEPTUAL ERRORS 4
REFLECTIVEESSAY: PERCEPTUAL ERRORS
Throughoutthe years, I have had a myriad of experiences they have impacted mein various ways including how I think and reason. I have come acrossand interacted with different kinds of people. Some of these socialrelationships have been fruitful while others have terribly failed.Social interaction has been influenced by my perception of otherpeople, things and ideas (Saks & Johns, 2013). My understandingof these variables has however been affected by my attribution ofsituations and characteristics to people. I have made attributionerrors and have also overcome most of them. This essay reflects onwhat perceptual mistakes I have made concerning people, how I havebeen able to recognize the mistakes and the necessary adjustmentsthat I have made in a bid to ensure that the mistakes do not happenagain.
Myparents and teachers have always been proud of me since I have had agreat record of academic excellence in the lower grades. My friendshave also appreciated my efforts and I have offered consultancyservices in academic fields that they have been deeming to be tough.However, I believe that this has contributed to a remarkable measureof egocentrism that I have exhibited in the recent past. Groupdiscussions have been inefficient as I have always wanted to raise myhead high above other group members. I have observed that I haveperceived my ideas and opinions as superior to other people’sthoughts. However, in an English discussion, one of the groupmembers, who I perceived to be a poor performer, made importantcontributions to the group assignment that saw us get a distinctionand good commendation from our tutor. The negativity bias that thecolleague has never performed well led me to erroneously thinkingthat he was of negligent importance to the group. I have sincestarted working to wipe out my egocentrism and learning toaccommodate other people’s ideas (Saks & Johns, 2013).
Ihave also realized that my parents are the most supportive people inmy life. This, however, has not been the case all through: I despisedthem time ago as they were too protective and watched my every step.They would choose my friends for me not literally, but theiropinions about some of those who got close to me were enough for meto end the friendship. There have been unending rules on the ‘dosand the donts’ and I felt oppressed by most of them. In despair, Iwould ride along their wishes but would always attribute any of myfailures to the fact that those of my colleagues in school orplaymates around my home had ‘better’ lives and were more free todo what they wanted, all of which I accessed restrictively. Thesefundamental errors made me perceive my parents negatively and develophatred towards them (Saks & Johns, 2013). However, I have come toknow that they always meant well for me and I am now slowly reapingthe fruits.
Mypoor performance in chemistry in 10thgrade was facilitated by my perception of the tutor. In his firstweek, he punished me for a mistake that was not proportional at allto the magnitude of the punishment. The first impression and primacyeffect that the teacher was bad led to my dismal performance in thesubject (Saks & Johns, 2013). The situation was worsened by thestereotyping that all chemistry teachers were the same and hence mygrades in chemistry did not improve even with a change of the tutorin 11thgrade.
Ihave learned to appreciate the diversity that exists in the societythat I live in (Saks & Johns, 2013) people behave differentlyand are not equally abled. Having an open mind, while interactingwith people, is of importance as it alleviates the chances of makingerrors in perception. The learning of the attribution theory hasfurnished my better understanding of other people and I look forwardto not replicating the mistakes I have made in the past.
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