Seeing Is Not Always Proof

by Sherry Riter in Other  

Do you believe everything you see and hear? Are you quick to make snap judgments? Do you participate in gossip? If you see a beautiful woman, do you assume she is a snob? When you see a person begging on the side of the street, do you assume they are lazy or a crook? If your spouse enjoys his job and works long hours, do you immediately think it is because being home is not exciting or he does not love you any more?

You can not read another person’s mind or heart, so don’t even try. The female gender has a terrible habit of claiming to read minds, but they also let their minds go crazy with wild imaginations.

For instance: I know a lady (let’s just call her Jaqueline) that always thinks her husband is cheating on her. She follows him to see where he is going, doesn’t want him talking to other women, is suspicious of ever move her husband makes at home, and the list goes on and on. Jaqueline is a lovely lady, but is apparently extremely insecure and is trying desperately to control her husband’s actions. Subconsciously she is trying to avoid what she believes to be eventual pain, suffering and heartache. Jaqueline gets herself so worked up in a tizzy that she can not see the truth when it is right in front of her eyes.

I know Jaqueline isn’t the only person with this problem! Women usually have too many things to do and overly active minds that are plagued with many self-defeating behaviors.

Try this:

Let your eyes follow the movement of the rotating pink dot. The dots will remain only one color, pink.

However if you stare at the black ‘+ ‘ in the center, the moving dot turns to green.

Now, concentrate on the black ‘ + ‘ in the center of the picture. After a short period of time, all the pink dots will slowly disappear and you will only see a single green dot rotating.

It’s amazing how our brain works. There really is not a green dot and the pink ones really don’t disappear.

Below are a few pictures of headless people performing gymnastic routines, right?

headless Olympian
headless Olympian

This should be proof enough that we don’t always see what we think we see.

The next time you want to jump to conclusions without all the facts, ask yourself if you are seeing headless gymnasts.




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1 viewfromdownhere June 10, 2010 at 5:12 pm

Love the exercises….staring at those dots was oddly relaxing to me after a rough morning in court.

I like the old saying….you know what they say about when you assume? You make an ass out of u and me 🙂


2 Cammy@TippyToeDiet June 10, 2010 at 6:06 pm

I think it's more the case of seeing what we believe. It's why I focus as much as possible on believing in the goodness in people. When I do, I see evidence of it all around me. 🙂


3 Joanna Jenkins June 11, 2010 at 12:41 am

Okay, that pink/green dot thing was very cool and those gymnasts are a little freaky– but you make a great point that seeing is not always believing.

Nice post.


4 Catherine June 11, 2010 at 1:02 am

Well said lady. Those gymnastic pictures are crazy looking!


5 Sharon June 11, 2010 at 1:51 am

I liked this so much that I posted it on my blog. I hope you don't mind that I linked to you. It's great! Isn't the brain an awesome piece of craftsmanship?


6 Vatche June 12, 2010 at 4:25 am

Love the whole seeing pink dots or green dots thing. I took a psychology class and the things you're describing are termed "optical illusions," probably a lot of people already know that, but anyway, I just wanted to give it a term. Cool post and write on!


7 Carolyn (temysmom) August 24, 2010 at 6:23 pm

I do tend to jump to conclusions. I need to work on that – thanks for the reminder.


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