What’s Your Opinion?

Please observe and describe what you see in the picture before reading further. Notice I did not ask what's your opinion about the picture.

When I do this in a group session, everyone tells a story about the picture.

Few people take the path to observing and describing it. “A man is getting ready for an important meeting…” or something like that. Observing and describing is different - “A coat, tie, vest, hand, cuff, shirt, appears to be a watch, surface….” What drives the storytelling behavior? 

Our minds can't stand not knowing something, so it is widespread for us to "fill in the blanks" with an opinion, guess, or assumption.

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