Essay about The Fourth Chapter Of Interplay

1120 Words Sep 28th, 2016 5 Pages
The fourth chapter of Interplay includes several interesting concepts, the first of which being the perception process and what constitutes reality for an individual. There are two levels of reality, “first-order” and “second-order”. First-order realities are defined as “physically observable qualities of a thing or situation,” while second-order realities are “our attaching meaning to first-order things or situations.” (Adler, Rosenfeld, Proctor, 2015, pg. 109) Everyone typically shares first-order realities, but a lack in harmony of second-order realities can cause strife between two parties. These second-order realities develop through four steps, including selection, organization, interpretation, and negotiation. Selection is the particular choosing of which data we will pay attention to grounded upon the effects of stimulation. Organization is to “arrange it (information) in a meaningful way to make sense of the world,” using various constructs for the different categories. Interpretation is when meaning is attached to data to give it some form of sense, and negotiation is when “communicators influence each other’s perceptions through communication” (Adler et. al, 2015, pgs. 110-113). In life, I have most definitely found myself with a different second-order reality than my friends, an example of which being a movie that we went to together. While I loved said movie, some of my friends were less than satisfied, even though we went and saw the exact same thing.…

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