Upward Mobility, the American Dream (and Other Myths We Believe)

Perception is Everything.

Well, it really is NOT everything.
We simply assume our perception is reality.
Our perceptions are sometimes far from reality, and keep us from really understanding what is going on. Which then leads to bad decisions and the inevitable consequences.

I have read a number of works by cognitive psychologists on the power of irrationality and how COMMON it is in our daily experience. It turns out that self-deception is so easy and diabolical. I say diabolical, because the very nature of self-deception is to be convinced you are not deceived and in fact, that your perception is accurate.

Here is a short and very intriguing article on the American Dream, our lifestyles and PERCEPTION about how things are going and what things will be like for us.

Part of our work as leaders is to discern the times and interpret what is going on in the culture around us. For the people we want to reach and influence are embedded in and imprinted by the culture. I am currently re-reading a book (written about 8 years ago) on the Narcissism Epidemic. I see a lot of overlap between the main ideas in the book and this short assessmetn in the article.

Brian K. Rice
Leadership ConneXtions International


p.s.  The book, Predictably Irrational is a fascinating study of our "mis-perceptions" and why they are so common.