The way you see it is NOT how they see it

Vaibhav
2 min readMay 12, 2022

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Writing about Psychology for about 2 years and so have taught me a lot of things which has also helped in welcoming things in different perspectives.

One of the things I have learned in the last couple of months is how you see and interpret things is not how other people will perceive it as well.

Now, it’s surely not in context of ‘use case’. People use products to solve their problems as per their needs, not the way you think it is supposed to.

What is it?

In Psychology, we refer to this phenomenon as The Rashomon Effect.

The situation in which an event is given contradictory interpretations by the individuals involved. Also, a storytelling method in cinema used to provide different perspectives & POVs of the SAME scene!

Example:- Look at the following image of blind men and an elephant. It clearly explains how they all are interpreting it accordingly.

Different people exploring an elephant with their specific purposes in mind and perceiving it accordingly.
Blind men and Elephant is a popular example.

Neuroscientists found that when a memory is formed, our interpretation of visual information is influenced by our previous experiences and internal biases.

Even if we were able to encode a memory accurately, recalling it incorporates new information that changes the memory. And when we later recall that event, we typically remember the embellished memory instead of the original experience.[1]

Instead of providing you with the takeaways, here’s a thought for you.

Would you rather enforce someone to use something how you want them to OR go with how they are adapting on it?

Cheers,

P.S. If you liked learning about Rashomon effect, You might also enjoy reading a newsletter on Psychology which covers stories like this.

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