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Perception is not Truth

Updated on October 3, 2013
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Symbols and Perception

Letters and numbers are symbols. A symbol represents something that triggers a memory or association we have made to its meaning.

In the case of the letter 'A' we are reminded of the sound associated with the letter unless it was being needed for some other purpose in which case the context would trigger the alternative meaning e.g. Grade A in an examination.

A number such as the number '2' refers to two things e.g. two apples or two cats. The number by itself means nothing unless connected to something but we have given it meaning in order to explore patterns and make predictions based on theses patterns.

The symbols +. -, x, / are basic mathematical symbols we are all exposed to from an early age which are used to explore number patterns and help us make sense of the world we live in.

By the age of ten most children will have internalised the letter and number symbols so that they are proficient in literacy and numeracy. In other words they would be able to read, write and perform basic arithmetic.

It is important to keep in mind that symbols are like sign posts that direct the mind to the meaning we each associate with them. We collectively agree on the meaning we associate with letters and numbers but no two people will assign exactly the same meaning to any symbol. It is this that allows creativity and gives rise to new discoveries and new ways of perceiving things. If we each perceived some things in exactly the same way then we will have arrived at an absolute truth. In the world of perception it is inconceivable for all of us to completely agree upon a meaning for anything.

The Brain as a Perception Device

The brain is designed to make sense of the information it received. These messages are in the form of electrical impulses which the brain decodes and serves to us in a form that 'makes' sense of the external world.

Since no two brains are the same the 'sense' each brain makes of the information it receives must be different. We must therefore conclude that we each live in worlds of our own making. This is what is meant by perception and how it creates the illusion we each call reality.

Since each one of us creates our own reality we cannot say that what we make up in our heads is truth, nor can we claim that any one of our made up realities is any truer that the next!

Hypnosis and Psychotherapy to Correct Perception

Realising the subjective nature of perception makes it easier to help people who suffer with conditions of a psychological or emotional nature using a combination of hypnosis and psychotherapy. When the client corrects the error in perception the symptoms abate and the condition cured. The method is highly effective and is called Hypno-Psychotherapy or Analytical Hypnotherapy.

At Setanta Hypnotherapy Clinic in Peel, Isle of Man we specialise in treating many conditions using this method. Following are just some of the conditions we treat successfully using Hypno-Psychotherapy. List of some of the conditions that can be treated using Hypno-Psychotherapy.

Hypnotherapy to Correct Self-Perception


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    • manatita44 profile image


      4 years ago from london

      Interesting thoughts and video. Peace.

    • Spirit Whisperer profile imageAUTHOR

      Xavier Nathan 

      5 years ago from Isle of Man

      Thank you John.

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      5 years ago

      Very interesting read. Thank you Spirit Whisperer.

    • Spirit Whisperer profile imageAUTHOR

      Xavier Nathan 

      5 years ago from Isle of Man

      Thank you Eddy and you too have a great weekend!

    • Eiddwen profile image


      5 years ago from Wales

      A brilliant share and here's to so many more by you.

      Enjoy your weekend.


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      Mr. Happy 

      5 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      Greetings again,

      I guess I was not clear enough. I thought that it would be clear to all other human being that a human being without a head equals trouble for that human ... yet, You say that not all human can agree on the meaning of being a headless human equals trouble for that specific human?

      Am I understanding this right? lol

      Thank You for the conversation, as always.


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      Xavier Nathan 

      5 years ago from Isle of Man

      Thank you Ann .

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      Ann Carr 

      5 years ago from SW England

      Long time since I've read a hub of yours - in fact, well overdue. Good to read this one and a great explanation of the differences. I've always found it interesting how dyslexics interpret the symbols on the page, be they letters or numbers or shapes or pictures or whatever. I've learnt never to assume anyone sees or understands the same as I do and it opens up the world. Great read, thank you. Ann

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      Xavier Nathan 

      5 years ago from Isle of Man

      Thank you Mr Happy, your visits and comments are always welcome here. With regard to what I say about agreement ""In the world of perception it is inconceivable for all of us to completely agree upon a meaning for anything." ...the operative word is 'meaning'. A headless human will mean different things to different people just as a freshly cut field of grass will have a different meaning to a woman who has been raped in one and to someone who spent happy childhood summer days playing in one. It is the meaning we cannot agree upon!

      I am glad it made you think and thank you for sharing. Have a great day my friend!

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      Xavier Nathan 

      5 years ago from Isle of Man

      Diogenes, thank you for your visit and thoughtful comment. I like the way you put it when you say " what our brains conceal from us". By only allowing us to perceive the brain is in fact concealing truth. I look forward to hearing any more insights you might have and thank you for your support.

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      Mr. Happy 

      5 years ago from Toronto, Canada


      Time for Mr. Happy to come by since Mr. Billybuc mentioned the name. : )

      Especially in the context of Hypno-psychotherapy, I fully agree with You that realizing that perception is not always truth, is critical for patients in order to heal the issues which they experience. Erasing the trauma/fear by shifting one's perception of any given incident in their past is in my mind logical. Holding on to fear, anxiety, hate or any such things is simply unhealthy.

      Now, You wrote at one point that: "In the world of perception it is inconceivable for all of us to completely agree upon a meaning for anything." Here I would ask: can anyone disagree that a human doesn't work well without a head, as in: if we cut the head off?

      Maybe we might have difficulties in asking the question to other humans considering the language problem. Otherwise though, would not all humans agree that they would like to keep their heads on their shoulder in order to be alive?

      I think truth lies in the intent of each pattern of existence, which means in each "thing" whatever that may be, whether there is a word for it or not.

      Great article ... makes the mind work a little, which I always enjoy.

      All the best! Will share.

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      Bill Holland 

      5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      A distinction that many people do not realize.

      Good to see you writing again my friends. Well done, interesting....I hope this finds you both well and happy.


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      5 years ago from UK and Mexico

      Hi SW...I agree with much of what you have brought forward in this interesting article. Many scientists are now commenting on how we - each of us - "manufactures" our own reality. Even as a youngster I was made to think deeply when someone told me that we have no way of knowing what colour any of us are seeing when we all seem to agree on a description - you will know what I mean. Rather like the difficulty most of us have understanding the esoteric of Einsteins theories on Relativity, etc., we now struggle to understand the points you bring us herein on the biggest mystery of all, our brains and what they conceal..

      I will read your article again and wish you all the best with the work you are doing.


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      5 years ago

      you explained it very well! I don't think I could have worded this better

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      5 years ago

      very interesting... I've never thought about it like that


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