Gilber, Pallasmaa, & Strout

Gilber, Pallasmaa, & Strout - When I Woke Up...

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When I Woke Up Tuesday Morning, It was Friday By Mia Marie Jamilano Professor Hand Expository Writing 101 25 October 2011 Our reality is composed of how we interpret everyday people and experiences. Therefore, it is simple and easy to say that everyone’s perspective of reality differs significantly. Our awareness of the world is understood better through the help of our senses. Juhani Pallasmaa describes how our human senses function to aid in comprehending architecture and, in general, the world through his essay, “The Eyes of the Skin: Architecture and the Senses”. When we need further assistance to understand, or better yet approve of our reality, we sometimes alter and revise reality around to help match our expectations and wishes. Daniel Gilbert explains how we rationalize reality in his essay, “Immune to Reality”. Everyday, our thoughts and actions can either be conscious or subconscious. As humans, we’d like to believe that we are in control of not only our lives but also the decisions and experiences that make up our lives. Martha Stout, a
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2 clinical psychologist, explains how her patients psychologically remove themselves from traumatic realities in her essay, “When I Woke Up Tuesday Morning, It was Friday”. Because the topic of reality is so broad, it is easier to simplify how we’ve come to calculate our realities. Our reality and understanding of the world is usually viewed from a three-dimensional standpoint – the way we subconsciously rearrange our realities around to make it seem more appealing and desirable, the actual truth of the reality, and the way the rest of the world views reality. Each point of view works by daydreaming, forgetting, and living in either a reality or fantasy world. Realities compared to daydreams are two huge, completely separate entities that it isn’t easy to just define the bridge that connects the two worlds. Whether we are found in a never ending lecture or stuck with a friend babbling on how much her boyfriend isn’t seeing eye to eye with her, we’ve all had experiences of wandering off and thinking of other places we’d rather be. This zoning out experience is known as daydreaming. Stout further explains this as, “We can go somewhere else. The part of consciousness that we nearly always conceive of as the “self” can be not there for a few moments, for a few hours, and in heinous circumstances, for much longer” (Stout 388). Daydreams are able to withdraw us from all of reality’s stress and complications.
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