Shared Reality - We thin k Therefore we are An analytical...

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We think. Therefore we are An analytical paper by Tosh Lloyd (260358288) In reference to the article “Shared Realty” by Echerhoff, Higgins and Levine
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The journal “Shared Realities” written by Echerhoff, Higgins and Levine provides a satisfying and thorough examination of a social psychological process that is put into practice by every person, every day. For the most part, person-to-person reality sharing goes unnoticed and unexamined yet it would seem to stem out of some very core needs that are universally shared among human beings. Like any good researcher should, the authors not only clearly present their findings and theories, they also go on to disprove other previously held theories which seem to offer alternate explanations to their findings. Although the ideas are presented concisely for the most part one major hole was noted. Fortunately this oversight does not put too critical a dent in the main ideas addressed in the article. Interestingly enough the underlying cause of shared reality is a subject of vast study with echoes in multiple schools of thought. All in all the article is well written and attempts to be thorough and much credit is due in the direction of the researchers.
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Before moving on, without restating too much of what has already been written it would be pertinent to touch on some important points that were addressed in the paper. First and foremost one must be clear on what is meant when the authors write of a “shared reality”. To summarize the authors’ use of the term, shared reality can be seen as the “subjective perception that something is real and truthful [that is commonly] held and experienced”. This loose definition highlights some important conditions that must be present in order for a shared reality to be considered legitimate. For something to be subjectively perceived the perception must be aimed at a target referent. This is the authors’ first condition of shared reality. They
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