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Y’all I’m distraught.  Before I can explain, follow the link below and decide what colors you think the dress is.

I see a white and gold dress and have no earthly idea how anyone could see anything different, especially not the color black.  I’ve been discussing this with my friends, family, pledge class, classmates, roommates and looking at tweets on Twitter and there are people that genuinely believe that the dress is black and blue.  For some reason I think that everyone saying black and blue is joking and in on some elaborate scheme to fool the world, but maybe they really see black and blue.


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I’ve turned up and down the brightness on my phone, looked on my computer, closed and opened the link upwards of 10 times, squinted my eyes, focused on the background of the picture, stared intensely at the dress, put my phone across the room and put the phone up close to my face.  Still white and gold.  My friends have even been putting images of the dress on their Snapchat stories and again, I see white and gold.  On Twitter, pictures of the dress appear and still, I see white and gold.

The friends of mine that see black and gold are flabbergasted that I see white and gold (I spoke about vocabularies and how they’re evolving, and I think flabbergasted is on its deathbed).  People are getting into legitimate arguments about what colors they think the dress is but I’m unwavering in what colors I see.  I’ve been told to squint and put the phone far away from my face but I’m not convinced.

I even tweeted at NASA asking for answers (not even joking) but they haven’t replied so we’ll see if they reply.

I’ve lost an hour of my life trying to understand this picture and I’m just as confused right now as I am now.  My sister read somewhere that it has to do with the rods and cones in our eyes but my friend said negative emotions make you see black and blue and if you’re feeling happy or content, you’ll see white and gold.

This reminds me of arguments I’ve had my entire life.  I see something one way and someone else sees it a completely different way.  Perception has a lot to do with how we go about our lives, and I truly believe that perception is reality meaning, what you perceive to be true is true for you.  It doesn’t make it true for the person next to you but it’s your truth.  My classmate Elyse blogged about this earlier in the semester and it rang true with me because I’ve heard it hundreds of times.

Whenever my sister and I get into arguments, we’ll both interpret the exact same event, phrase or action differently and we want the other one to understand how she is wrong.  My mom is normally the referee for these and she tries to make us understand that neither of us are wrong: we simply have differing interpretations of the same thing, meaning our perceptions are different.

This is difficult to grasp sometimes but it makes sense.  Maybe she took my comment as an insult and maybe I’m thinking about what she said too much.  That being said, it’s important to realize that just because you don’t see it the way someone else does, doesn’t make it any less true.  In the book Emotional Intelligence, it is said that empathy is a great indicator of emotional intelligence and I understand why.  You have the ability to understand what someone else is going through– or thinking– without experiencing it firsthand.

This lesson is a tough one and it isn’t the easiest thing to put into practice, but I know it to be true.

I think the dress situation is a little bit different because I’m sure the genetic makeup of our eyes has something to do with it, but maybe it has a little bit to do with perception.

But once again, the dress is white and gold!!!


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