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Seeing Is Not Always Believing

May 4, 2017

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There is always more than meets the eye.

 

Everyday we encounter new people that we don’t know, but we make our judgements based on what we initially see. These initial perceptions drive us to formulate opinions about a person without acquiring any real information besides their appearance. The perceptions that others have of us do not define the way we see ourselves. The concept of duality to me reiterates the cliché, “Don’t judge a book by it’s cover.” Perceptions are not always reality– the way others see us is a contrast to the way we see ourselves. Rather than there being two sides to every story, there are multiple ways to tell one story

 

We asked a few students how they believe others perceive them, followed by how they perceive themselves.

 

 

I think that I am perceived in a variety of different ways. If I have my earphones in, chances are I am perceived as standoffish and intimidating. If I do not have my earphones in, I am usually seen as friendly. If I am in conversation with someone, I am often thought of as outgoing and engaged. One quote I heard about myself through the grapevine was "oh yeah he is the gay guy with the piercings". To that I say: I am much more than what I am labeled. Yes I am gay and yes I have piercings, but those cool aspects of myself sure as hell do not define me.

— Jordan McMahon

 

 

I have many different components to my personality. I see an outgoing and personable character. I see confidence with underlying insecurities. I see brutal honesty, but in the kindest way possible. I see someone who is carefree and wants to have new experiences. I see a person who is figuring it all out through new day to day experiences. I am an organized mess, but I feel like we all are. I like to say I am a work in progress.

— Jordan McMahon

 

 

I believe others see me as intimidating or cocky, because it's off putting in our culture to meet a woman who is very outwardly confident and passionate.

— Alana Herlands

 

 

I view myself as confident, intelligent, beautiful, and sarcastic. My words are powerful and have helped so many people reach their full potential. I love how comfortable I am with myself and this grows every day. I am the most non judgmental person I have ever met - I am open, I listen, I love.

— Alana Herlands

 

 

The way I am perceived varies with the people I meet. Some people see me as very outgoing, loud, and funny, while others tend to see me as more reserved, stand-offish, and sometimes intimidating. People already have preconceived judgements about me which makes it harder for me to maneuver socially, as judgements can be quick and harsh. I strongly feel that I am perceived based on the friends I surround myself with; but I do not let these perceptions define myself. Being a guy who’s always friends with the girls seems to be away I am constantly seen, and it sometimes allows me to be perceived as someone who would rather be friends with the girls than date the girls. I feel people sometimes see me as weak-minded, especially before they speak to me, but that will never be the case.

— Louis Levanti

 

 

I perceive myself as very intelligent; not only book smart, but knowing when to speak, understanding what respect is, and having a level head. I carry myself with a lot of confidence, however insecurities still hang over my head and sometimes take away from this confidence. I’ve seen myself grow over the years, mentally and physically, allowing me to be a strong-minded individual who wants to achieve the greatest the world has to offer while overcoming the many obstacles in my way. I’ve not only grown, but I am happier than when I was younger; I enjoy life more and I take in every experience. My perceptions of myself trump those of others because in reality the way we see ourselves is more important than the way anyone chooses to see us.

— Louis Levanti

 

 

I think people think I'm uptight and too sarcastic sometimes, and I think it's possible a lot of people don't trust me with tasks because they don't think I've done a lot in my major. But I also think people know I'm around to talk whenever and literally ready to go to Old Mexico at a moment's notice.

— Cate Tauriello

 

 

I like to think I'm motivated and career-oriented, even though I'm honestly like everyone else and have trouble getting out of bed at 9 AM. I think I'm a little more bubbly and friendly than I give myself credit for (I'll have an interaction with someone and realize I didn't ask how their day was and think I'm a total asshole for the next hour).

— Cate Tauriello

 

 

I think people think of me as a relatively chill person. I get comments all the time about how constantly laid back I seem. I've also gotten told from some friends I have now that they thought I hated them when we first met because of my lack of reactions!

— Rachel Beresin

 

 

I honestly think of myself as pretty outgoing waaay too sarcastic sometimes. I feel like I come off as really blunt and try to tone it down when I meet new people. It's not until I get to know them that I really let go!

— Rachel Beresin

 

 

I think a lot of people would perceive me as a little closed off or uptight. I was blessed with the infamous 'resting B face' so I definitely could come off as intimidating from an outside perspective. People would probably see me as very self confident and put together or maybe as Rachel Green, because she's totally my style icon. I believe I can be underwhelming from a first impression; I take a while to warm up to people so I think that comes off as unfriendly often.

— Chelsea Kerker

 

 

I will always see myself as the awkward kindergarten whose parents were told her 'lid' needed to come off. I perceive myself as an individualist, I'm obsessed with personal style and truly value trying to project a sense of originality to the world. I believe myself to be the odd juxtaposition of a cautiously fearless woman. I am so self-aware of my actions but take the occasional, thoroughly thought through and seemingly "spontaneous" risk.

— Chelsea Kerker

 

 

I believe others see me as confident, happy, crazy, and very much my own person. I don't go by other people's standards and I think that is portrayed well to others. I hope people see someone who has a passion for life, but honestly what I think of myself is much more important to me. I need to love the person I am, before I can worry about how others perceive me.

— Lexy White

 

 

 

I see someone who is happy. Someone who genuinely enjoys life. I see a young woman with the same bold heart and smile that I had as a child. With a lion's mane overflowing my head & a smile from ear to ear. My grandmother used to say I had a ray of sunshine that came from me everywhere I went. Everyday I look in the mirror, think of her, and make sure my ray of sunshine is showing. Most Importantly, I see someone who's confidence, courage and self assurance comes from within.

— Lexy White

 

As soon as i read this question, I immediately called my parents. And they said the usual -- things like i was nice, friendly, social butterfly. But one thing they kept saying was that I'm a people pleaser and that i tend to put others before me. So if anything I hope others perceive me as someone who will always have their back no matter where we stand.

— Zoe Nassis

 

My parents are right, I'm the biggest people pleaser ever. I've always perceived myself as someone who can be pretty vulnerable and trusting a lot of the time. I let people in really quick and it's a really big problem for me. Some people probably didn't deserve to know me the way they did but at the end of the day, I was just too busy thinking about the other person's happiness to care.

— Zoe Nassis

 

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