Final draft 6 - Joleen Martis Vera Eliasova English 355:101 The Environments Influence on Human Behavior How we perceive our environment can

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Joleen Martis Vera Eliasova English 355:101 04/27/09 The Environment’s Influence on Human Behavior How we perceive our environment can metaphorically symbolize our lives. We can discover many aspects of our personalities through walking and observing our environment. How we walk and how we interpret our surroundings can portray our perceptions of life. In many situations people find ways to soften impacts of negative events. We as humans try to find happiness in even the most devastating occurrences. As humans we blame others and try to twist situations into life lessons. Daniel Gilbert’s essay “Immune to Reality” introduces the triggers of happiness and how people deliberately find positive aspects in life. Rebecca Solnit’s essay from “The Solitary Stroller and the City” portrays the power of urban walking and how through observing our environments we can learn, mature, and appreciate our surroundings. Through Solnit’s experience of walking the urban streets Gilbert’s theories of happiness can be exemplified. At the same time Solnit’s experiences with walking can also rebuttal his notions. Happiness can be found in the simple task of walking. But walking doesn’t necessarily have to be in search for happiness but also for oneself. Walking may have the effect of bringing out the goodness in lesser experiences or walking can just be an activity for ourselves to appreciate. In the end, whether we are walking to find happiness or walking for walking’s sake, we are symbolically displaying our personalities and mental psyche through our perceptions of the outside environment. Malcolm Gladwell’s essay “The Power of Context” conveys how our outside environment greatly influences our inner mental psychology. Through observing the way someone walks, we can learn about ourselves and others. Although perceptions can 1
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perceive our inner being not everything can be seen just through our outer circumstance. There is more to any situation than just surface matter. Our environment and contextual backgrounds does highly manipulate our understandings of life and the world, but we should take into consideration observing our inner selves than the outside environment. How we interpret our experiences parallels our understanding of the world and how we live and want to live life. Many times in psychological studies our reasoning behind our analysis portrays our concept of life. Gilbert enhances that “we just can’t make the best of a fate until it is inescapably, inevitably, and irrevocably ours” (223). We as humans try to make the best out of our situations. We look for ways to view a positive perspective. But it is how we achieve our goals that make all the difference. The choices we make as we walk reveal our desires because fate is left to us as we walk. How we walk the streets or even why we walk the streets depicts our concepts in life. We chose our fates as we walk. As we walk we accommodate what we need to whatever destination. This destination may be work, a garden,
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