We have defined perception and given some example to show how perceptions can be incorrect—
negatively impacting relationships. But where do our perceptions come from? There are a number of
things that influence our perception.  First, our heredity can be major influencers of our perception.
Height, skin color, and gender influence the way we see the world. For example, someone who is 5’ 2”
may perceive an object to be stored too high, while someone who is 6’ 2” may not have that same
Our needs impact our perception as well. Physiological needs, such as food and water (or lack
thereof), can influence how we feel about certain situations. Have you ever been in a social situation
where you were very hungry? If so, you know this impacted your ability to socialize with other
people. You may have found yourself less patient to listen because you were concerned about when
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