Student submitted Story: During my first semester at college I was forced to sit through an intro to sport and exercise class. My teacher was always so preachy about why sport psychology and namely she was the best thing since… well, anything.So a few weeks into the class she begins one of her preachy rants by illustrating the glass perception test. I am a devout optimist and so I was a little peeved when she began painting those who see the glass as half-full as idealists and ‘head in the clouds’ type people not worthy of taking seriously. She went on to illustrate pessimists as pragmatists and intellectuals of the highest order. I raised my hand.
Me: I am confused.
Teacher: About what?
Me: well the glass is representative of reality correct?
Teacher: yes of course.
Me: so if the glass is representative of reality, then how we as individuals choose to perceive it does not change the glass. If I say the glass is half-full that does not change the fact that the glass is half way full. Likewise, if I said the glass is half-empty, the glass will not lose volume. SO in reality, our perception changes nothing about reality, only how we perceive it, meaning neither viewpoints are ‘realistic’ in any sense.
Teacher: um you are absolutely right. (awkward silence) Lets move on then………
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