Constantly Shifting Perspectives

Dialog often shifts from one perspective frame, to another, to another, nonstop during the course of a conversation:

We might start expressing our own point of view, then take on the point of view of the person we are talking with.

From there, we might shift to a shared experience with the person we’re talking with, then shift to a collective experience of the group we both belong to, then shift to our unique individual interpretation of this collective experience.

From there, we might explore a different facet within our own individual interpretation, from there question the other person’s interpretation of our perspective, from there validate an assumption of their perspective we have.

All these perspective shifts happen continuously, constantly, in our dialogue — often without us even realizing they are happening.

Ranjeeth Thunga