Photoshopping Life?

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Real Estate Broker/Owner with Daytona Condo Realty, 386-405-4408

Photoshop is a powerful software package, allowing you to do many things, and among them taking the image and then blur or darken and blend, or even delete something not important, so that our focus is on the main event of the picture.  Pretty much this is how our brain “photoshops” what the eyes send to it.

Sounds stupid, I know. With our eyes we see what is out there… Actually, not quite. There is quite a difference between what our eyes see and what our brain processes. The eyes see about 50 times more than what we finally “see” after our brain filters it.

Interestingly, but we all see differently. Our brain filters are different, which is mental. But to the extent, even physical characteristics might be a little different. We see color a little different, and when you hear the argument that this is green, and the other person says that it is blue, it may be not that they name it differently, but they actually see it differently.

Photoshopping Life?

I had cataract surgery recently, and I noticed that my “new” eye saw the colors differently. The hue was slightly different. Colors were warmer in my “old” eye, and colder in my “new” eye. It did not last long, just a few days, and then it disappeared. Now I have both “seeing” the same color. Is it because of my eye?

No, it is because my brain made the adjustment.

So, why is that we get 50 times more information from the eyes to the brain, that what we are actually able to retain?  Why not make it easy and do it WYSWYG?

Because we all filter it differently. We see what our brain has filtered for us. Our brain works pretty much like Google :). It follows what we do, what we like, and then filters according to what occupies our mind first. This is why the little kid may be looking with his eyes wide open but do not see the danger, and his mom does, and she protects the child. His eyes see like his mom’s but her brain “sees” it differently. Because she is constantly watching the child and her brain would push the signs of any danger making them the main focus.

To be exact, it is not what we see, it is what we notice. It is what we are tuned up for. And in life it is very important. Because if we have clear long terms goals, which may sound absolutely crazy given the circumstances of the moment, but if we do have them, then our eyes/brain would be singling out everything that would work for these goals at some point. These are like tiny pieces of a puzzle, and we keep putting them and for some time we can’t even understand what the picture would be, but then it all comes together. The brain is filtering what we are tuned for.

After all, you are not going to get anywhere if you do not know where you want to be.

Image by net_efekt via Flickr.com

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Jon, great post very deserving of Kathy's praise! Enjoy your day and the honor!

Mar 01, 2014 09:34 PM #20
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we are what we think about most of the time..( we see what we want to see as well) :) Great post.. thanks to Kathy for pointing me in your direction.

Mar 01, 2014 11:10 PM #21
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I agree - especially with the statement that when we have a long term goal, we see those things that are supportive of that goal.  We see what we are looking for, and someone else looking at the same thing may not see it.  Cool.

Mar 01, 2014 11:43 PM #22
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Great post. And, I love the picture as well....thanks for sharing

Mar 01, 2014 11:48 PM #23
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It is truly a matter of what we see isn't always what we get, unless we rethink the image and become more objective. Very thought provoking post.

Mar 02, 2014 12:05 AM #24
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Jon,

Interesting post, and how the brain adjust the way we see things.  Happy Sunday, A

Mar 02, 2014 12:29 AM #25
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Profound thinking for this snowy Sunday morning. We do see more opportunities when we've programmed ourselves to believe that they're out there.

This reminds me of the reason for creating curb appeal. When potential buyers see "Wow" outside they EXPECT to (and do) see it inside - and when they see neglect outside, that's what their brains pick up on inside.

Mar 02, 2014 01:34 AM #26
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Jon, here I thought I was in for photoshop tips and instead got some insight into perception.  Enjoy your Sunday.

Mar 02, 2014 02:21 AM #27
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Silvia - sorry, but I really suck with tips :)

Mar 03, 2014 09:31 AM #28
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Marte - very interesting take on it. Expectations and how we manage expectations. youc an have the same house, but in one you made flattering photos, and the reality is far from them, and the prospects are visibly upset.

Same house, but the pictures were honest, and not hiding the defects. Prospects sais it was better than in the picture. they actually were glad, and this was positive experience.

So, considering that it was the same house, expectations, and the gap between the expectations and the reality means a lot. Thank you

Mar 03, 2014 09:38 AM #29
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Alexandra - thank you so much

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Ed - yes, it is not what we get. law enforcement uses the technique where they talk with the witness and talk, and then the witness suddenly remembers the details, which s/he did not notice...

the details were there, this is what s/he saw, but to get it to the surface is what law enforcement tried to do.

Mar 03, 2014 09:41 AM #31
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Thank you, Kristin. I thought the picture was cool :)

Mar 03, 2014 09:41 AM #32
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Kat - this is very important. I think that it is the key in bringing up young people. They need to learn to set goals and to aim high

Mar 03, 2014 09:43 AM #33
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Sheila - absolutely true. When you have something on the forefront, when you think of it, discuss it, that's when we are concentrated. That defines how we see and what we see.

Mar 03, 2014 09:45 AM #34
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thank you, Wayne

Mar 03, 2014 09:46 AM #35
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I like your distinction of it's not what you see but what you notice and then relating it to business.

Mar 10, 2014 12:20 AM #36
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Thank you, Jill. You are always very kind

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Jon, how did I miss this one?  And you get well really, really soon!  You have a great heart.

Apr 03, 2014 10:38 AM #38
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Jon, this in another interesting post.  I teach communication skills to grad students periodically. Part of that training focuses on the diverse background of each individual.  We all look through lenses shaped by our past experiences and relationships.  No two people see anything in exactly the same way. That adds to the complexity of all relationships.

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