All I Know–Part 5

Our areas of expertise influence how we view the world and our place in it.

Doctors see life in medical terms, just as lawyers look through legal glasses. This is known as “professional deformation,” and it’s a concept that demonstrates how our specific training and personal strengths and preferences often blind us to alternative ways of perceiving things. A related point here is the notion that “the view contains the viewer,” or that the physical and psychological qualities that make up who we are–our gender, ethnicity, race, sexual orientation, age, personal histories and experiences, education, political leanings, favorite sports team, etc.–are implicit in our interpretations, and this affects how we see the world. Taking this principle a step further, we discover that objectivity is impossible because we cannot avoid our subjective selves. In being myself, I always encounter myself.

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