"Naïve realism: the belief that we see the world precisely as it is." Upon taking Psychology this semester, I have learned so many fascinating things about the human mind and how we interact with each other. But Naïve realism, as defined in the first chapter of our textbook was one of the topics that first caught my attention. Initially after learning a bit more about naïve realism, it helped me to understand the stories that my grandparents used to tell me of their beliefs and perceptions in their culture before they immigrated here to the United States. One in particular was of how you could walk to the end of the horizon and touch the blue skies, because the world was indeed flat and fitted into a dome size snow globe.
I still remember chuckling at the idea of anyone believing in anything like that. But what I didn't realize was that prior to immigrating, they used to live in an isolated 3rd world country, where their perceptions did not go further than what they could see with the naked eye. Lack of education and knowledge of such things were not in their reach, thus shaping their perception of what they "see" it to be. Learning about naïve realism has really broaden my horizons in order to understand others around me, especially others who may come from a different culture in another area of the world. Perhaps in their eyes, I may be the one who prone to naïve realism. Despite whether a certain idea may be right or wrong, real or ridiculous, I think that understanding this concept could help us to all "see" why we believe in certain ideas and perceive them the way we do.