WHAT IS THE PERCEPTION IN MENTAL HEALTH?
During every waking moment, we
receive millions of stimuli, bits of information from the world around us and
the world within that the brain processes to make meaning. Perception is the
process of organising selected information into meaningful patterns.
Because it is impossible to observe,
many theorists define consciousness in terms of what it does. It is thus
necessary to explore the status of awareness and perception. In this discussion
of perception, we will not focus on the biological mechanism of the visual or
auditory senses, although some psychologists rightfully concern themselves with
this area. We are concerned here with how perception and awareness are involved
in the activity of consciousness -an individual’s way of viewing the world. Our
view of perception is not a static view for it concerns the more complicated
activity of our consciousness, which involves a great deal of
hypothesis-testing. The meaning of a stimulus is…
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