Leave it to us to screw up the “perception is reality” truism – SCN Encourager

School leaders and communicators like us just can’t help it.

We’ll mess up most of the bell curves and pie charts created by well-meaning social psychologists.

While everyone else under the sun is able to operate under the predictably safe umbrella of “perception is reality.”

Not us.

We do the opposite.

I guess you could say we’re… well, a bit different.

And as proof I offer up this short video from a goofy, but fact-filled site called SciShow Pysch.

They make the point that most of us believe we have more control over our lives than we actually do.

No way!

I honestly don’t know any school leader or communicator who is living under this notion.

Do you?

Every superintendent I know, for example, would contend that he or she has less control over what comes their way today than what they did a decade ago.

Wouldn’t you agree?

I think you’d be hard-pressed to find anyone in school leadership who consistently battles personal “perceived control” issues.

Lack of control issues, maybe.

That’s our world.

But “perceived control” issues, nope.

We can only dream.

And this why I think you’ll get a kick out of this 4 minute video.







You might also get a kick how the social psychologists covered all of their bases.

Not only do they say we have less control than we think we do –

they’ll also tell us that if we disagree  –

most of us are quite adept at deluding ourselves!


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