Monday, November 1, 2021

Behavior and Insight: Perception

Behavior can be a complicated concept to try to master, much less understand. Every person is different and can interpret behaviors differently. In social groups, there is a wide range of behaviors occurring which can seem overwhelming at times, but by having a little insight on not only the behavior others but our own, we are able to better understand what is going on around us and how to navigate through the situation.


Perception can be a hard aspect to learn from since most of the time our perception can only be drawn from our own experiences, and we are pretty biased when it come to our own thoughts. Perception is an important tool in controlling behavior because it helps us determine how we can appear to others and how other people’s behaviors can influence us. Your belief in yourself can affect your perception and can in turn affect your outward behavior. 

We may not always know exactly how other people perceive us since many will not tell us, but we can make our own conclusions based on our perception of their behavior. Do they come close when they speak to us, or do they try to move away? Do they smile and interact with us, or do they seem withdrawn? Do you use these thoughts when you perceive people and their behaviors? It is likely that you form some of the same conclusions and determine how to respond to the behaviors. 

Until next time ...


Sheryl Tuchman, SPHR, SHRM-SCP

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