THE ANSWER

The answer to yesterday’s Midweek Mystery Question is two – two faces.

One of my interests is paradox and its psychological impact on us.

‘The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People’ by Steven Covey illustrates the point.

Covey illustrates how two people can view the same thing and see something different. We “see” the world—not in terms of our sense of sight, but instead in terms of the way we perceive, interpret, and ultimately understand the world around us.

Covey explains early in the book, our point of view can be divided into two main categories, the ways things are (realities) and the ways things should be (values). We interpret our experiences from these two perspectives, rarely questioning their accuracy.

In other words, we simply assume that the way we see things is the way they really are or the way they should be.

Our attitudes and behaviours are based on these assumptions. Therefore, our point of view influences the way we think and the way we act.

Two people can see the same thing, disagree—and yet both be right. Although not logical, it is psychological.

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