WHAT ARE THE FACTORS AFFECTING PERCEPTION IN MENTAL HEALTH?
We never experience the total
situation, only parts of it. As stated earlier, through selective attention, we
attend to only some stimuli and not to others. The same selectivity means that
different people will perceive different things in any event because they are
focused on different parts of the information available to them. We focus on
the information that has the greatest attraction for us – in either a positive
or a negative sense. For example, we see a huge wave approaching as we swim. If
we focus on what we fear (drowning) or lack (swimming skills), we will perceive
the situation as dangerous. If we focus on what we find enjoyable (challenge),
we will perceive the situation as exciting. Thus, our concerns and needs affect
Other factors affecting perception include: past experience, culture and emotions.
1-Past experience has shaped our understanding of the world and our…
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