The Dress… And how we see things
This article originally appeared in LinkedIn on 27th February 2015.
It’s a photo of a dress. But it has caused so much of buzz in the last 24 hours. Some say it is a White and Gold dress while others say it is a Blue and Black dress.
One would think that surely there is no way that anyone can mistaken white for blue, or gold for black. The difference is like day and night. But you’d be surprised that that was exactly what happened.
I saw it as white and gold earlier on. When a friend said it was blue and black, racing through my mind were the thoughts “That is so wrong. It is so obvious that the dress is white and gold. How can anyone say this is blue and black. There is no way this can be blue and black”.
I asked that friend if she was certain of the colour. I told her I saw it very obvious as white and gold. She said she was certain. She said there’s no way it could look white and gold.
A few hours later, the dress now looks blue and black. It’s the same image.
The thing is: I was very certain of what I saw back then.
And when we think about this… Isn’t this how conflicts sometimes begin — when the affected parties are so certain of themselves being the ‘right’ party and they just simply can’t accept any other way.
So, next time when we get into a situation where we are “100% certain”, perhaps it might be a good idea to be “less certain” and to give ourselves the chance to re-examine the situation.
Like in the case of the dress, it’s a world of difference.
View the original photo here: