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I explored some basic communication principles in my column in the Nov. 12 issue of Biz Times Milwaukee. In this column, I’ll extend those principles by discussing the process of interpersonal perception. Different people have different communication skills. This can influence their relationships. Another way that people differ is the way they perceive the world. It is tempting to assume that human behavior is a response to objective reality but as the comedian Lily Tomlin has observed, “Reality is nothing more than a collective hunch.” The same stimulus may be present in our environment, but what we do with that stimulus is affected by individual differences. How can we wind up with such diverse and even contradictory impressions? Chalk it up to individual differences in perception, which can be defined as, “the process by which we select, organize, and evaluate the stimuli in our environment to make it meaningful for ourselves.”

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Daniel A. Schroeder, Ph.D. is president of Brookfield based Organization Development Consultants Inc. (www.OD-Consultants.com) He can be reached at 262-827-1901 or Dan.Schroeder@OD-Consultants.com.. Read More »

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