Recall an experience at work when your perceptions (or someone elses perceptions) were later found to be distorted. The following factors distort our perceptions:
a. Stereotypes Assign attributes to a group of people
b. Halo effect Uses one attribute to develop an overall impression of a person or situation
c. Selective perception Defines problems from ones own point of view
d. Projection Assigns personal attributes to others
e. Contrast effects Derive meaning by contrasting it to another recent occurrence
f. Self-fulfilling prophecies Predetermining a situation based on individual experiences
With your recalled experience in mind, and given what youve learned about differences and perceptions this week, compose a response that addresses the following points:
- Which one of the listed distortion factors most contributed to your situation?
- What could you have done differently?