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  • Writer's pictureDarryl Buckle

Why Your Blind Spot is Bigger Than You Think.

You’ve got blind spots!  Places you’re blind!  There are things going on around you that you just plain can’t see!

Take for instance the scary Emoji about to jump out of no where and cause all of your worst fears to come to life.

OK so maybe he doesn’t look that scary.  Or worse, maybe you don’t see him at all. He could be hidden in your blind spot.

I read a fantastic post today about how your brain sometimes causes you to see things that aren’t there cause it’s “guessing” in order to fill in what’s actually hidden by your blind spot.

It has to do with how your optic nerve attaches to your eye or something like that…  the point is that umpire really was blind!!! And so are you!!!

The proof is in the pudding as they say!

Do you believe in Ghosts?  Check out this one:

Try this: Wink or Cover your left eye with your hand and focus on the cross with your right eye. Now, slowly move your head closer and further away from the screen. There will be a point — probably around six inches from the image depending on the resolution of your screen — at which the scary Ghost will miraculously VANISH!!!!!   Don’t look directly at him, just keep looking at the cross and he’ll pop in and out of your peripheral vision.

It’s a great post and well worth the read.  It got me thinking of course about all the other blind spots in my life.

The things that are clear and plain to some but completely out of my field of view, – and other things that are obvious to me but which others seem totally blind to.

There are issues right now filling up my news feed which have been going on for months but which I only just discovered!

There are issues right now in your life or your relationships where you can’t believe the other person thinks or sees things the way they do.  Truth is they might be totally blind!  But they might be seeing something you don’t.

I read recently about what’s called a Johari-Window which is a way to illustrate the difference between the way you see yourself and the way others see you.

In this diagram The top left area represents that part of our personality and our behaviours which we and everyone else are fully aware of.

The Bottom left is The “Façade” section.  It covers everything we keep hidden from others because we believe for whatever reason that this stuff should remain private.

The bottom right – as the theory goes – covers everything unknown or not accessible – but still having a considerable impact on our thoughts and behaviour: unconscious fears, repressed conflicts, traumata, urges, instincts and much more.  This stuff isn’t immediately apparent to anyone.  Not you, not the people around you.

The top right is our Blind Spot.  The “Blind Spot” harbours habits, preferences, dislikes, prejudices and the like, all things that are clearly apparent to anyone who has known us for any length of time but which we find hard or impossible to recognize – hard to admit.

We all have blind spots.

It can be scary to admit that – when you start to see the world differently.  But it can also be remarkably liberating.

It reminds me of an old prayer from the Bible.  It says:

Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts.  Point out anything in me that offends you, and lead me along the path of everlasting life.

That kind of transparency can be scary.  But in my experience, opening up my life to a view bigger than my own only ends of making me the kind of person I want to be.

So for all of you who have ever shown me care and pointed out my blind spots, remember: You’re all Blind anyways!  Every last one of you!  Just like me!  Thanks for pointing that out! 😉


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