How we miss what is right in front of our eyes, and
How our values, beliefs and interests act as lenses, directing our attention and influencing our perception and experiences.
Open to interpretation
What we experience is not neutral, it passes through a filter designed to block out unnecessary information (so that we are not overwhelmed) and to make meaning of what is experienced.
Just take a look at the image above and you will see how our mind fills in the gaps with the painting on the bridge. The result a sense of depth (with waterfalls and perceived drops) making it an interesting walk.
But lets take a look at perspective from a different angle as we consider the game of "Spot the Difference " to explore :-
Take a look
One of the things you may notice is how most of the the 'differences' seem 'IRRELEVANT' and so things we would not even notice. This is the challenge faced by crime investigators, where witnesses may not even know what they have witnessed, and may not have 'SEEN' the necessary details to identify the perpetrator.
But this does not mean that what you do not see is irrelevant unless investigating a crime.
In fact while we all need to 'ignore' some things so that we do not drown in a constant wave of information, we need to understand (and at times even consciously choose and expand) our filters.
Take a look at a new mother and you will see how what is relevant quickly changes, and how this new lens is critical in helping 'her' care for her baby.
So the lens is what we decide to pay attention to, and acts a bit like the solution in a game of "Spot the Difference". Just take a look and you will see how the 'answers' quickly direct your 'focus' to the differences in the original picture..
It makes it meaningful or gives meaning to what you see.
Just take a look here
In this next example of spot the difference, the picture is far more complex but it starts with the solution( the yellow blocks) before asking you to take a look at the two images.
Take a look and see how that impacts how you look at the challenge, and how it impacts your ability to find the changes. before moving on to Perspective where we expand on the nature, impact and opportunity of these lenses.
Recognizing that there is a lens through which you see (hear, touch, taste and experience), is the first step, understanding what that lens is comes next.
We also need to remember that others filters are different.
Doing so may help resolve unnecessary conflicts over why she interrupted him during the game to discuss the kids or how he could not even see that she had had her hair cut.
LENSES FOR INSIGHT
Woman value ...emotions
Women are better than men at distinguishing between emotions, especially fear and disgust, according to a new study. Scientists demonstrated that women are better than men at processing auditory, visual and audiovisual emotions. (October 21, 2009, Olivier Collignon and a team from the Université de Montréal Centre de recherche en neuropsychologie et cognition (CERNE
Anxiety: high levels of vigilance for personal danger
Anxious individuals selectively attend to threatening information, and interpret ambiguous events in a relatively threatening way
Parents value their children
Parents do way better than chance in identifying which of the seemingly-identical cries belonged to their child from the sound alone.
The factor that best predicted which parents were best at identifying their child’s cries was the amount of time the parent spent with their babies, regardless of if they were the mother or father.
Educated to look
Medicine educates doctors to look, listen and even smell for signs of disease, while forensics teaches CSI's to look for signs of a crime and clues to when it happened, how it happened, and who did it (and also the why it happened).
Post Traumatic Stress
A reflection of how experiences can influence what is perceived as important and the lens through which we look.
Sherlock Holmes mindset
Educated maybe but Sherlock Holmes represents the forensic detective whose lens is formed more from interest (passion for answers) and a mindset driven by facts and the meaning he derives. Just take a look at the video snippet where Sherlock attends a crime scene and you will see.