The Science of Perspectives
Watch the following video, then proceed to the Key Concepts and Exercise below:
Perspective, in psychology terms, is how we encode our experiences in our own “internal language.”
A geologist and a teenager might picture different things when they hear the word “rock.”
An engineer and a designer might focus on different things when they see the inside of an automobile engine.
An immigrant and a native might interpret the seriousness of the wording of a Jury Summons letter differently.
Perspective is 1/2 of the “mental toolkit” that we use when solving problems.
Perspective is how we see and frame things.
This is a valuable dimension of cognitive diversity.
How do you know someone has a different perspective? We can only guess… or ask.
Perspectives are shaped by our life experiences.
Our life experiences are shaped by who we are, who we identify as, what we look like, where we’re from, and a number of other things.