The Power to See Ourselves

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Reaction Paper: “The Power to See Ourselves” Not everyone has a positive and optimistic perception of themselves. People are so in tuned to their own insecurities, emotions, and thoughts this perception can be placed on others in the world and in the work place. In Paul Brouwer’s “The Power to See Ourselves,” this negative focus of perception is explained and solutions to change the perception are discussed. In every social interactions that we have with someone we are given a set of instructions. They can be good, bad, or indifferent. Until we can come to terms with who we are, we are always going to be a reflection of the opinions and thoughts of others. Brouwer (1964) states that “…there is a crucial matter of disparity between “how I see myself” and “how others see me.” I agree with this statement. There is always going to be that difference. Someone might think that they a hardworking, open, beautiful person. Someone else might look at that person and see none of the things. This is true in the workplace. Thinking that you are a good leader and being a good leader are two different thoughts and things. We must learn to take these perceptions and analyze our self-perception and make changes. I also agree with Brouwer (1964) when he talks about self-perception and its relation to effectiveness on the job. I find this to be a true thought. If we were to have a better self-view then we would in turn increase our productiveness and become a more valuable asset to our companies and organizations. If people see us a great leaders, we have to learn to step back and try to see ourselves through their eyes. I disagree with the author on one point that he makes in the article. He states that, “… people who for many years have been highly and aggressively competitive cannot, except with difficulty, either suddenly or gradually become insightfully cooperative…They…...

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