Chapter 4 Of Interpersonal Perceptions

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Our life is all about perception. Who we talk to, who we are friends with and why. While we discussed chapter 4 of Interpersonal perceptions it was brought to my attention of how quickly we judge and select people out of a group. We all were raised up differently and we each have a draw to certain people. Just by walking in a classroom for the first time and picking a seat. We automatically know who we might be friends with. It is all about how we view things from our point-of-view. My three main points that stuck out to me are Selection, Interpersonal perceptions, and negative bias. First, selection in a public setting. Selection is the process of attending to a stimulus, like appearance. For me I was raised in a well providing home and …show more content…
This is the process of making meaning from the people in our environment and our relationships with them and is the whole concept of this chapter. When I was in high school I made friends who had the same hobbies. I really only had two friends I really hung out with for a couple reasons. The three years of high school more and more people started partying and having sex. I for one was not into that of my background. However, I knew the reason certain people were partying because there was not structure in the home. I did not judge them and I was certainly nice to them we just did not hang out. Sometimes we just need to adapt to certain situations. Avoiding harm but also seeing the whole picture as to why people do what they do. I have that my strength in this aspect is seeing the other side and helping people overcome this …show more content…
A negative bias is the tendency to focus on a person’s negative attributes when forming a perception. When I was in middle school we became a foster family of our 4 second cousins. It definitely took a toll on who I looked at my cousin Ashley. She chose drugs over her kids, also her abusive husband over her kids and it ruined their life and hers. Now they are all adopted by their grandparents and are in a good home. However she is still around. My grandma has a strength in this and seeing the good side that she is getting better. I on the other hand do not. I see the drugs, abusive husband, and 5 lost kids when I look at her. All the trauma and disabilities these kids have now because of her. This while be something that I might not get over just because I was with the kids at that time. I will work on this for the rest of my

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