A Brief Note On Perception And Diversity Paper

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Walk In My Shoes: Perception and Diversity paper Diversity, and how you perceive it, is an important factor in all of our lives. Whether you personally deal with it every day, or encounter via media dealing with social issues, diversity is a major part of all of our lives. Interestingly enough, even though we all encounter diversity, everyone has a different view of what it actually encompasses. This is because everyone has a different way of perceiving things; what might be alien to one person, could be common knowledge for another individual. Perception can be defined as “…the process of experiencing your world and then making sense out of what you experience.” (Beebe, Beebe, and Redmond, 2014, pg.63). The concept on how you view things can be extended to how you process your understanding of individuals. This process is called interpersonal perception, “…by which you decide what people are like and give meaning to their actions.” (Beebe, Beebe, and Redmond, 2014, pg.63). How you learn to perceive things depends on the culture you surround and have been surrounded with throughout your life. Culture is the “Learned system of knowledge, behavior, attitudes, beliefs, values, and norms shared by a group of people.” (Beebe, Beebe, and Redmond, 2014, pg.94).
It is important to acknowledge and understand how you view things to avoid retaining or developing any negative biases. Biases can lead to a person forming growth inhibiting views such as stereotypes and prejudices. To…

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