How 4 Situational Filters Affect People’s Perception

So what are situational filters and how do these 4 situational filters affect people’s perception of the world around them?

Cameras and filters

How 4 Situational Filters Affect People's Perception

We all are familiar with cameras, but not necessarily with lens filters. Camera lens filters are translucent or transparent glass or gelatin pieces that attach to the lens in the front. So if a picture is like a memory, then a filter affects the initial perception that creates that picture or memory.

Cause and Effect

So values govern perception, perception is affected by our chosen filter, perception affects perspective, and perspective, in turn, affects our decisions.

Four Situational Filters

  1. Dark Filter- This filter prevents perception. It is a complete separation from the world around you.
  2. Gray Filter- This filter equals uncertainty in perception. Nothing is as it seems and what we think is true may not be.
  3. Black and white filter- All situations are perceived as completely right or wrong
  4. Color Filter- Situations are not always clear cut, but there are many different shades, mixes, combinations, and variations.
How 4 Situational Filters Affect People's Perceptions

What Filters Do I Need to Use When?

  • I’ve found when facing a seemingly impossible moral-based decision that requires unraveling of a complex situation, black and white filters work the best. The key question here is, “What is the right thing to do?”
  • When dealing with a large amount of diversity, especially in larger groups, color filters enables someone to perceive and understand all important variations. What are the variations of this situation and why do they exist or what purpose do they serve?
  • For those who are starting a new path to humility, gray is a good reminder that we are not always right about all our perceptions.
  • When feeling overwhelmed and in need of pause, black filter allows for some quiet time to oneself.  We all need some solitude and time to ourselves.


Just as a camera uses filters to change perception in regard to images, so we as people have our own “filters” in regard to situations. The basic four as black, gray, black and white, and color. Each filter has a time when it’s use provides the most benefit to us as individuals.

Your Takeaway

When do you use the four previously mentioned filters? How do these situational filters affect your and other people’s perception and when can you use each filter more effectively?

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