Logical thinking and the way people choose to make assumptions can only occur through rational thought. According to an academic research paper by Markman and Gentner, once the model of a situation is established, logical reasoning can be expected to follow (2001, p. 229). In my line of work, for instance, every day my perceptual process is put to the test; customers and co-workers alike approach me with different issues or problems that they, in turn, perceive as the most important ones. I have to decide what is really important, what needs to be taken care of immediately, and what can wait. I am aware that I frequently do not have the luxury of making assumptions, and that instead I have to base my decisions in facts that are relayed to me by technicians and other experts in the field who I trust can give me the best advice. Sometimes, though, I have no choice but to trust my instincts and make assumptions, which can be misleading; I understand that assumptions are based on the way reality is individually perceived (Paul & Elder, 1999). Kirby and Goodpaster (1999) suggest that to better process what enters the mind into an outstanding output, one should thoroughly
Then one can understand what the facts are and respond accordingly by way of
Writing, acting, or talking can help us clarify the surrounding circumstances of any issue that at first glace might seem ambivalent, confusing, or just plain invalid (5-10).
One of the perceptual blocks that sometimes influence my view is the way I let first impressions impact the way I perceive people or a situation. I made wrong assumptions based solely on the way "I felt" about a person or a circumstance; my perception has been clouded a few times, and disillusion inevitably ensued.
When I first joined the ranks at my present employer (VUTEk), two and a half years ago, I had no experience about the corporate world; my previous experience had been as a teacher, working with children and other educators in both my native country (Ecuador) and Massachusetts.
Among the people I met at my new job, were the Vice president of Customer Support, a middle age woman who seemed like a role model an example of what one can accomplish in this country, at least to me. Everyone around her talked nicely about her, and I assumed this meant she was a likeable, very...