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Critical thinking is the formation of logical inferences as described by Simon and Kapplan 1989 These inferences help to shape our perception of ourselves and the world around us Oftentimes the perceptions we formulate are not always an accurate reflection of the real world There are many external influences that can assist in the distortion of our logical thinking Gender personal feelings ethnicity culture biases age religion and enculturation are just some of the barriers that impact our views Kirby Goodpaster 1999 Perception as defined by Websters dictionary is an awareness of the elements of environment through physical sensation a capacity for comprehension and a quick acute and intuitive cognition Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary 2004 Perceptions are our points of view our beliefs opinions and assumptions that we perceive to be true Lack of awareness of how perception operates can lead us to misunderstand misjudge others ideas and behavior and create negative outcomes Perception is formed around past experiences and available resources The influences of those around us do effect our perception We are humans and we can never know all the answers and thus we come to understand that our beliefs are inadvertently based on other peoples experiences Our perceptions about ourselves come from images we have accumulated over time We also have accumulated images about people around us These images have their roots in our inner private world of reality that started in childhood We can each look back and see the modifications but the fact remains that a private world as an individual is reality By assuming the statements of the influences to be true can cause a separation of perception and reality The meaning of reality and perception is often extremely different Reality is the actuality of things what is really happening without interpretation Perception is that interpretation of the experience We often believe that others have the same view as ours and then we base our reality on that idea
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