Reality is described as: ‘The world or the state of things as they actually exist… existence that is absolute, self-sufficient, or objective, and not subject to human decisions or conventions.’ Quite simply, it’s everything around us.

Yet philosophers and psychologists throughout the ages have asked, just how we can tell that everyone sees the exact same reality as each other? Is our perception the same as reality? The meaning of perception is simply ‘the way of regarding, understanding, or interpreting something; a mental impression’. Perception is the lens through which we interpret reality, so while it is a separate concept, it directly influences our reality.

Is my red your red?

The most common way this question is expressed is through the query, ‘is my perception of the colour red the same as what you perceive the colour red to be?’ This is a perfect way of highlighting how the question is almost impossible to truly answer without serious scientific research.

What’s the problem?

So, what’s the big deal? These are some big questions, but what do they really mean and do they have any sort of impact? The answer is that yes, having an incorrect perception of reality really can have some serious and negative consequences. You may find that your brain responds to your body ineffectively; you could find yourself stubbing your toes often or stumbling over a lot, and your concentrating may suffer.

Our perception of reality is extremely important, and while it’s impossible to know if we all perceive reality in the same way, it’s still important to realise when your perception of reality has shifted.

Chiropractic care can help to reset the function of the nervous system and brain. This can improve your brain’s perception of reality and awareness of the body, as well as the environment around you. As a result, you should be able to function more efficiently. Contact us at Ridgeway Health & Wellness to find out what else chiropractic care can do for you.

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