Perception is the identification, organization, and interpretation of set of information in order to explain the understanding the environment and its elements and factors affecting the environment (Balcetis & Lassiter, 2010) (Sheila, once again, why use an outside source when the points come from using our textbook?). To an extent perceptions, are influenced by poor or inadequate information or inaccurate information otherwise published by a biased authors. It could also be defined as the process of becoming conscious of a familiar environment, understanding a diverse environment that has never been familiar and how communication determines how people perceive issues (source?). This paper will therefore serve as a real life evaluation of what the different observers of the photograph came up with regarding the perception of the person in the photograph. People view different things in different ways due to the inherent differences in human nature (Melucci, 2010). (I'm missing a preview that previews all three main points you will cover and a thesis that matches this particular paper)
The first observer is a religious leader in the neighborhood. His life leads to a rigid perception that is not accommodative or responsive to various forms of life. This perception is always negative about other different lives. (I need much more detail such as age, maybe ethnicity, etc) The second observer is an upcoming athlete and a schoolmate. This lifestyle is very responsive and accepts diverse lifestyles. The third observer is an elder cousin who practices small businesses. Being raised in the informal settlement, life is taken casually. He is very positive about the picture and the person in the photo. From the research carried out, we see the first observer to be very smart and religious (what research did you carry out that shows the man smart and religious and why is that relevant?). It was later observed that this contributor had since practiced theology. The observer is however, very negative about the person in the photograph, he is rigid and does not tolerate other people who do not believe in the way he carries his own things. (this should be main point #2).
The observer, therefore, inhibits an extremely negative mentality and his particular perception of the individual in the photograph is that of a lazy person who is not groomed and without the proper manners and etiquette.
The observer is well groomed and casually dressed. He describes the photo as a perfect show fully an accomplished man who is resting after day’s hard work. He also points the man must be well organized, fun loving, sociable and consummate? as he cites the long hair. This observer indicates that this man is adorned in good clean clothes even though they appear not to be so expensive. He observed that this man looks like a man who makes an honest living even though not necessarily by doing white-collar jobs. The third observer describes the picture as just a normal day out for a man breaking boredom. The observer mentions that the man in the picture must be respectful, charismatic, conscious, and a man of high positive etiquette and responsible due to the level of smartness he displays. The third observer’s comments were almost similar to those of the second observer. They seem to agree on the fact that the person in the photograph is a hardworking and decent man and is well kempt apart from probably his hair which some people may tend to think does not look so tidy.
Where are the concepts about each step of perception that you were asked to discuss here?
So many things drive human perceptions. This may include for example, past observations and experiences, childhood, an individual’s background, morals and principles among others (Melucci, 2010). The first observer might have had a negative attitude towards the individual in the photograph probably because he has come across such a person in his religious life who has proven to be a person not of good morals or attitude. Someone may think that a person who looks like that is most likely a criminal or a person with a lifestyle that is not straight. The other observer who is an upcoming athlete and schoolmate has a positive perception of the person in the photo. He thinks this is a hardworking man who earns a good living. This perception might have been influenced by the fact that he is young and liberal minded and has maybe grown up in an environment whereby he has learnt not to judge and to be sociable with people of all calibers. It means that probably that this athlete has maybe grown up or related with people in the informal settlements therefore justifying the fact that he understands why this guy looks the way he does. The third observer, my cousin who practices small business also thinks that this man in the photograph is a groomed hardworking man. This has been made so by the fact that he has live in the informal settlement for a quite a while and knows how to identify peoples characters from these settlements.
In conclusion, we see that everybody has different perceptions about different people depending on different issues. The observers therefore have the right and freedom to perceive things in whichever way they choose to depending on various life issues (Goldstein, 2010).
Sheila, this is not at all like your worksheet. There are whole sections missing and not using our textbook really hurt the content. I am trying to understand why, after several assignments where I asked you to use external sources only AFTER meeting the requirements for our readings, this essay contains NO information from our book, does not even discuss the three steps of the perception process or any of the sub-categories we learned this week from the readings and the worksheet. I'm disappointed to say the least. I will not allow a re-do of this paper because of time constraints, especially since I allowed a re-do of the worksheet.
Perception Analysis Worksheet:
Balcetis, E., & Lassiter, G. D. (2010). Social psychology of visual perception. New York: Psychology Press.
Melucci, N. J. (2010). E-Z psychology. Hauppauge, NY: Barron's Educational Series.
Goldstein, E. (Online service). (2010). Encyclopedia of perception. Thousand Oaks, Calif: Sage Publications.