Finding Perception

Clear off a table. If possible, find a needle. Maybe you have some thread with a needle attached to it. Now find a nickel. Finally, find a stack of Post It notes. Place all three on the table and stand directly above it. When you look down at it you have a line, a circle, and a square. All very simple. This is just like a 2 dimensional representation, as if you drew each of them on a piece of paper. Now point the needle at the edge of the table. Bend down to the edge of the table to where your eye level is even with the table. Look at the needle. It is no longer a line, it is a point – a small circle. Now take the Post It note stack and turn it diagonally to the edge of the table. Again, bend down and look at it from the edge of the table. You will see two intersecting lines, creating a wedge, with varying shades depending on the light. Now, look at the nickel from the edge of the table. What do you see? You see a line with varying degrees of shading, but no intersection point like the Post It note stack.

Why is this important? Depending on your point of view:

  • a line can become a point
  • a circle can become a line
  • a square can become something completely new

Take a moment and find out which way you are perceiving things. Try to figure out what ways other people are looking at things.

About benleeson
My name is Ben Leeson. I currently work for a large financial company in IT. I went to school at Marist College in Poughkeepsie, NY. I graduated with a B.S. in Business Administration concentrating in HR. Professor William Brown taught me and I enjoyed his classes; even acquiring an appreciation for just about all things HR. I didn’t pursue a job in that field after college but I’ve kept up with it. This blog will further my fascination with all things HR. I hope to grow my knowledge of the area through thoughtful writings and spirited feedback. I will attempt to have a fairly routine style so anyone reading can come to expect certain segments. Please excuse my incorrect grammar and occasional misspelling.

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