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How to Change An Attitude or Perspective

Updated on February 10, 2010

About attitudes or as I prefer to say - perspectives?

How many times each day do each of us hear or say that someone needs an "attitude adjustment" or something similar? An attitude is really a physical display of a perspective. The real issue is the perspective and by changing the perspective the attitude is automatically "adjusted".

How full is it?

 glass with some water
glass with some water

Half empty or half full? What determines our Perspective

What determines how we see things? How much is enough or too much? Is there a real factor that determines these things? Is it taught, in our DNA and can it really be identified or changed? This is all truly a perspective. How we view the glass determines the way we act as well as what emotions we experience and how we express them.

Typical attempts to retrain attitudes or perspectives

Usual reactions to an attitude we perceive needing changed is to send our kids to "time out", send employees home or just fire them and be done with it. We lecture, counsel, instruct and sometimes yell and scream. Threaten with punishment or bribe with reward and many other practices and techniques. All to no avail, these methods at best create temporary false results, the behavior may adapt, but the attitude remains the same. We blame ourselves, we blame others we try to do it better next time, we try to learn more.

Eye Patch

An eye patch
An eye patch

Eye patching - What it is

Now you can heave a sigh of relief.....Whew!!! It is not taught, it is not in your DNA and it can be changed. It is literally based on how we see things. The left side of the brain is in charge of logic based thinking and perspectives and operates the right side of the body, what we see through our right eye is logic based. The right side of the brain is in charge of creative thinking and perspectives and operates the left side of the body, what our left side sees is the creative options.

A perspective is how we see things. Eye patching is a wonderful technique to shift our view of the world to change our perspective and thereby altering our attitude, what emotions we experience and how we express them.

Eye Patching - How To Use It

Eye patching is a very simple technique and once you get used to it you will wonder how you ever functioned without it. Place it over either eye while still doing other functions (of course this does not include while operating machinery, using knives, driving to work etc.). Leave it on each eye no longer than 20 minutes at a time. If at any time discomfort of any type is experienced, remove the eye patch.

Eye patching can be used at the moment a situation exists to change the immediate perspective or used as a routine therapy to create a balanced perspective. If it is placed over one eye and the feelings worsen, switch immediately to the other eye. If improvement is found after only patching one eye you are finished with that perspective adjustment.

In the case of smaller toddlers 2 yrs and up I recommend using your hand to cover an eye while holding the toddler in a safe position with the other hand wrapped around their body and holding them close to you. Explain to them that you are "fixing their eye" or that you are helping them to feel better. Toddlers and younger children respond very quickly and can have a new perspective in 30 seconds or a couple of minutes. In the case of temper tantrums and similar situations it is almost always the right eye that needs to be patched. Always talk to them and explain that you are helping them so that eye patching is not scary or punishment, holding them close to you helps to ensure they can become comfortable with the experience.

What Situations Is Eye Patching Good For?

Any situation or circumstance can be altered with eye patching.  How we perceive our health, or a specific health condition; how we perceive, our finances; our spouses; our children; our jobs.

Everything has a diferent angle it can be looked at from, eye patching can be used to shift your perspective of your self esteem, to view yourself and how you fit into the world around you differently.

Experiment with it and see everything around you from a different perspective.

Is Eye Patching For You?

Are you ready to change perspectives with eye patching?

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    • emohealer profile imageAUTHOR

      Sioux Ramos 

      4 years ago from South Carolina

      IT does indeed open the mind and the eye to the possibilities and broaden the range of choices to be in control of our own experience rather than being buffeted by the unseen ..

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      5 years ago

      That's a smart way of lokoing at the world.

    • emohealer profile imageAUTHOR

      Sioux Ramos 

      7 years ago from South Carolina

      teaches12345...Thank you so much for your vote and I hope you are able to utilize this information to make some shifts in your life as well. I will have to take a moment and look at your post for change.

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      Dianna Mendez 

      8 years ago

      Emohealer, I saw this on the bottom of my new post on change and I had to stop by to read. I found the eye patch method fascinating. I can understand, after reading here, how we view life through different side and areas of our brain. Well done and voted way up!

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      9 years ago from New Zealand

      I haven't heard of eye patching for anything other than lazy eyes, and I did this regularly on my son for the first five years of his life. Patched the right eye to get the left one to straighten up. Wonder how it affected the rest of him. Interesting.

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      9 years ago from Enterprise, OR

      What a great approach to this issue in our lives! Love this technique, I do think it will work on quite a few people too. Thanks for this great info. and advise.

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      Mohan Kumar 

      9 years ago from UK

      Been experimenting with right brain left brain themes in teaching and assessing attitudes- great hub, has given me a new technique to try on learners...

    • Lita C. Malicdem profile image

      Lita C. Malicdem 

      9 years ago from Philippines

      Eye-patching to change an attitude. It sums up to me as trying to let one eye rest to give the other a clearer view of what you actually see and therefore, you strive to strike a balance concentrating on what you are thinking, giving you a quiet time to visualize from within, and working your brain out as it processes what is there to process. Oh my! I hope I'm not sending wrong expectation. So let me give it a try! Nice hub. Makes one ponder on. Thank you.

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      tom hellert 

      10 years ago from home

      losing site permanantly in my right eye has changed my perspective alright - I have never been so pissed off in my life- so as a permanent eye experiment- I am not to keen on eye patching-It may help others but as a permanent change frankly it sucks rotten....I ALSO THPOUGHT THE OPTIC NERVE CROSSED IN THE BRAIN SO THE EYES AND BRAIN SIDE ARE SWITCHED- I AM NOT sure about that for sure I can see haha that patching an EYE absolutELy changEs pErsPEctivE... nice Hubb


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      Support Med. 

      10 years ago from Michigan

      Was linked here after reading hynodude's hub. This technique sounds great, will give it a try.

    • emohealer profile imageAUTHOR

      Sioux Ramos 

      10 years ago from South Carolina

      loua...Ahhhhhhhhhhhhh, the reframing of this article is intense! You have been able to derive much more available than I described, and so it is true. Enjoy the JOurneY, as a seeker you will find the inner truths that have always been there. Love and Light to help along the way. Sue

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      10 years ago from Elsewhere, visiting Earth ~ the segregated community planet

      Good stuff, I see the potential of this method in minimizing strong willed perspective of a desire or attitude for a particular perception that limits a holistic understanding... It provides an opportunity to focus on alternate perspectives of the same desire or attitude and thus allows comparison of the nature deriving the perspective...

      Thanks for sharing...

    • emohealer profile imageAUTHOR

      Sioux Ramos 

      10 years ago from South Carolina

      The_R: What a huge compliment, thank you! So glad you appreciated the tips and saw the effectiveness in developing and recognizing how to balance the duality and energizing the superconsciious "3" in our brain. Here is a link to even more ways to access that place and maintain balance:

      Appreciate your kind words very much and hope this takes you to the new levels of awareness you seek! Love and Light, Sue

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      10 years ago from California

      I signed up on here just so I could comment on this hub.

      Balance is so important in our dual mind and this is such an obvious way to maintain that balance. I don't know why it never dawned on me before.

      Thanks and keep up the great work.

    • emohealer profile imageAUTHOR

      Sioux Ramos 

      10 years ago from South Carolina

      Marie: Hypnodude is amazing and right in his assesment of how the two processes can work in tandem. This works to enhance as well as clear past blocks. It can be uncomfortable if we are making a shift, but after trying hynodudes technique in combination there was less discomfort making the shift. It truly shifts how we "see" things. This is one of many excercises in utilizing both sides of brain function...with our crossover working we eventually shift to working with the center instead of the world of duality...thereby gaining true "balance". Identifying with the "one" the three in the mathmatical equation one plus one equals three. Thanks for commenting and querying. Sue

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      10 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie

      Sue: Thanks to Hyponodude, I found this hub of yours! Soooo, eye patching brings balance as it gets both sides of the brain to function better; if I want to enhance my focus be it creative or logical I just patch the eye... Had not heard of this! I am going to try it!

    • emohealer profile imageAUTHOR

      Sioux Ramos 

      10 years ago from South Carolina

      Mystique1957....Al, Hypnodude is an incredible writer with vast knowledge, what a blessing as the information gets passed on here! Like the two patches up...LOL! Please as you try the combined techniques both the eypatching and the in depth process Hypnodude shares...come back to both and share your experience as the shifts take place for you and any tips to assist others in the JOurney to JOY! Love and Light my shining star friend...Sue

    • Mystique1957 profile image


      10 years ago from Caracas-Venezuela

      Excellent technique, Sue!

      I will put it into practice today! Hypnodude recommended this hub. Now I understand why!

      Two patches up!

      Warm regards and blessings,


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      10 years ago from Caracas-Venezuela

      Excellent technique, Sue! I have to admit that Hypnodude has a great eye for good hubs! I am pleased to have read it and to follow you!

      Two thumbs up!

      Warm regards and blessings,


    • emohealer profile imageAUTHOR

      Sioux Ramos 

      10 years ago from South Carolina

      hypnodude. Wow, didn't even quite realize we could do that many things with an article. Hope you find it useful with your already well filled bag of tips and techniques...Let me know.

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      10 years ago from Italy

      This is great. I didn't knew about it and I'll sure try it. Thanks for such a great technique. and just like all good techniques it's also simple. Rated, bookmarked and stumbled.

    • emohealer profile imageAUTHOR

      Sioux Ramos 

      11 years ago from South Carolina

      SEM Pro,

      A world wide dramatic shift indeed, yet as the plates inside the earths surface slip and slide into new positions and "change", sometimes we feel a slight quake, other times it is too much shift at one time and causes a devastating quake.

      An article on how to help anyone want to change or shift a perspective or so called attitude to help create the desire...interesting....anything is possible!

      Thank you for your thought provoking insights and perspectives as well.

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      SEM Pro 

      11 years ago from North America

      Very interesting concept. Gary Smalley says guys can make an effort to utilize both sides of the brain and thus become more loving and caring in their relationships. Can you write an article on how to help them want to? I imagine the whole world would shift dramatically if they did :)

      Great hub!!!

    • emohealer profile imageAUTHOR

      Sioux Ramos 

      11 years ago from South Carolina


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      11 years ago from Texas

      What an interesting concept! I will give it a try! Thanks! :)

    • emohealer profile imageAUTHOR

      Sioux Ramos 

      11 years ago from South Carolina


      I truly appreciate you sharing your experience with trying eye patching!  Great explanation of the results you experienced, it is never the same experience for anyone. 

      As you patched one eye, you experienced loss of the familiar, this Can create panic, even if the familiar is something stressful.  Change and gaining a new perspective is taking us to unfamiliar terrritory.  Something we may not have experienced before, even if that something else is something good.

      The older we are, the more we have become accustomed to the same whether it is what we truly desire or not.  A belief becomes formed that it is just the way it is for us. 

      You realized by trying this out that for you it is truly better done in small increments and that possibly you would have more to gain from doing perspective adjustments throught-out the day or week as a routine so it will be more famliar to you when the stressful moments arise.

      I will be writing future articles explaining more completely how the process with the brain crossover works and other remedies that may be more comfortable for you to work with.

      Thank You so much for commenting.  Let Your Light Shine!

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      11 years ago from Zadar, CROATIA

      Very interesting.

      Few days ago when I first time read your Hub I tried that method, while I was under stress, and it did not work at all, it caused me even greater stress - actually panick, because my mind is balanced when the both of my eyes are open. Or both eyes closed. With the patch I would feel helpless - because I am used to use both halfs of the brain, not only left or only right...

      But, this method could work for me, when I am calm and decide to change the perspective about some past issues - like closing one eye for 30 sek, then closing another one for the same period and then opening the both....

      I just do not understand, how to attain balance when you - close one eye? If you close just one eye, you actually do change perspective, but you create further imbalance, because you activate just one side of the brain.

      Seing the world with the both eyes we have ability of seing much wider perspective of this world, then with only one eye.

      For me, if I close just one eye, after I remove the hand from it, I do feel great relief, because I can use the both of my eyes again, so I feel gratitude for my both-eyes sight. On that way, while feeling relief of having ability to use both eyes again, I really do change perspective about my present situation - it seems much better then it was with one eye closed.

      That is the reason I would suggest using the patch at first on one eye, then on another....

      Thanks for inspiration.

    • emohealer profile imageAUTHOR

      Sioux Ramos 

      11 years ago from South Carolina

      Thanks for your comment.  With MS you will probably find like Jen that patching your left eye will have more positive impact, I have worked with a number of people with MS, amazing how widespread this is and we hear so little about it.  Most eventually get the jumping in the eye, if you haven't experienced this yet, patching can prevent and improve things before they go that far.

      I would love to see improved quality of life for everyone and hope this is just one of many things you find to improve yours. 

      Let Your Light Shine!

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      11 years ago from Pittsburgh

      Such an interesting hub. I have MS will have to try eye patching to see if it helps with my emotional symptoms. Thanks.

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      11 years ago

      This is a great hub. Thank you.

    • emohealer profile imageAUTHOR

      Sioux Ramos 

      11 years ago from South Carolina

      Thank you, 2 is a very good place to start, let me know how it goes for you.

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      Charia Samher 

      11 years ago

      This eye patching is very interesting and worth a try. I'll try this to my 2-yr old daughter. Thanks. =)

    • emohealer profile imageAUTHOR

      Sioux Ramos 

      11 years ago from South Carolina

      Interesting about cyberspace. Thank you for sharing about your eyepatching experience, I have talked with others who have MS and they have brought up that symptom and have received results by patching the junping eye for relief of the symptom. The symptom is a way of our body sending us information, the task of the medical field is to determine the meaning of it and proper recourse to take. Very much a continually learning field.

      I sincerely appreciate your vote and your comments!!!

      Keep the faith and let your light shine!

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      Jen's Solitude 

      11 years ago from Delaware

      Well cyberspace ate my original comment so here I go again . . . As a person who had to literally patch my left eye to keep it from jumping around, I'm wondering how I felt about it and life in general, at the time. All I remember is that I was happy my world was holding still and my right eye was allowed to focus clearly. LOL

      Congrats for your nomination. I voted for your hub.


    • emohealer profile imageAUTHOR

      Sioux Ramos 

      11 years ago from South Carolina

      Thanks you all so much for the nomination. I appreciate all of you. I am a little overwhelmed, time to eyepatch? In answer to the question, the ideal is to eypatch regularly to achieve a balance between the two so neither is predominate, once balance is achieved and maintained it goes without saying self esteem and all other inner beliefs come into alignment. Much room for follow up articles you will be seeing. I appreciate all of you!

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      Michelle Simtoco 

      11 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      Hi emohealer, I'm all ears when it comes to topics on changing attitudes and perspectives. This eye patch is very interesting. :-) Congratulations for being a hubnugget nominee! Yoohooo! To vote:

      Be sure to promote your hub and enjoy yourself.:-)

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      11 years ago from Canada

      So if I want to apply logic, I would cover the left eye, and to apply creative thinking to a problem, I would cover the right eye? Or just randomly try either one and see what works. Which will help improve self-esteem, I wonder? What is the link there?

      Really interesting.

      Congratulations on your nomination - I look forward to reading more of your hubs.

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      11 years ago from South Carolina

      Hi emohealer.

      Just letting you know that this hub has been nominated as an official HubNugget wanna-be.


      Best of luck to you.

      ProCW & the HubNuggets Team

    • emohealer profile imageAUTHOR

      Sioux Ramos 

      11 years ago from South Carolina

      Doing it for yourself first and experiencing the results can reduce flying off the handle and create more confidence in the process yourself, as well as the rest of your household having the opportunity to witness the results. Thanks for your feedback. Much love

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      11 years ago

      Interesting. May have to try this out some time...if I can think of it before I fly off the handle!


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