How to see things from a different perspective

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Often being creative and the ability to see things from multiple perspectives comes hand in hand. But being able to take yourself out of yourself and into an imaginary world requires practice and like every creative muscle, it needs to be exercised. 


Every perception a person has is based upon their own personal experience. Obviously, that varies for each and every person. With 7.9 billion people populating the planet, that’s a lot of perspectives to go through. A perspective is not right or wrong by default. It just is what it is. 

Our perspectives shape how we act or react in a situation. By practicing seeing things from a different perspective, we can do our best to understand how others are experiencing the world. 

What could be different in your artistic practices if you chose to be more generous in your interpretations of perspectives? What could be better in your work if you could effectively take, seek, and coordinate perspectives?

As the adage goes, walking a mile in another person’s shoes never hurt anyone. 

Here are five ways you can work on seeing things from a different perspective.

Change up your routine

“The human spirit lives on creativity and dies in conformity and routine.” Wise words from Vilayat Inayat Khan. Routines can be a great thing but there’s no harm in pushing yourself out of your comfort zone every once in a while. 

Take that morning walk the opposite way you normally do. Take a class in a medium you aren’t confident in. Say yes to something you usually would say no to. Shake things up a bit.

Escape your echo chamber

Trapped in an echo chamber, you live in a hall of mirrors. It might feel comforting at the time but they aren’t good for you or for society. 

For those who aren’t familiar with the term, it describes the way that social media websites and search engines show you the content you are most likely to want to see first and filters out the rest, creating a loop of self-affirmation.

Broaden your horizons, take control of your newsfeed, and confuse the algorithms. It’ll do you the world of good.

Try perspective-taking

We are all capable as human beings to take a different perspective. If you want to get all sciencey about it, there is a vast amount of research that suggests that it is crucial to human development. 

Next time you hit a creative roadblock (or a real-life issue for that matter) map out how different people may interpret the brief or situation with the different information available to them.

Now try perspective-seeking

Now the tricky part. Can you inhabit that perspective without judgment? Rather than categorizing it as good or bad, simply be curious about hearing and learning more about their perspective. 

This involves communication with the purpose of gaining insight into the nuances of alternate views. Ask your parents, ask your friends, ask your teacher about the same problem/situation/event and simply listen to what they have to say.

And finally, give perspective-coordinating a go

So what to do with all these perspectives you’ve coordinated? First, observe what you have learned. What does it tell you about each person you spoke to and how they see their world? How can you communicate back to them using the information they have given you? How does understanding these different perspectives contribute to your decision-making? 

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