Academic journal article TCA Journal

Tiopic 2: Toward an American Counseling Philosophy Consistent with Diversity: Truth and Reality

Academic journal article TCA Journal

Tiopic 2: Toward an American Counseling Philosophy Consistent with Diversity: Truth and Reality

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Does truth exist? Does objective truth exist in knowable form? Or not? As for truth and reality, I believe that the environment in which one functions is that person's reality, and that his or her truth is whatever that person perceives it to be. In other words, reality is subjective. One sees what one understands, which is influenced by personal expectations, attitudes and beliefs. Reality and truth, understood in this way, may explain why eyewitnesses to a single incident provide differing descriptions and views of what happened.

In addition, when a person interacts with others, various aspects of personality emerge. A person typically does not behave the same way around his or her family as with colleagues or strangers. Which one is the true person? Is a person simply a combination of the various aspects? To those with whom one interacts, the reality of that person is the way the others perceive him or her to be. The personality traits one exhibits to others determine how others perceive that person to be and provide the basis for expectations that the person will behave basically the same way each time interaction occurs. …

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