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she was not the one promoted.
In some cases, our perceptual system serves to defend us against unpleasant emotions. This phenomenon is perceptual defence. We have all experienced cases in
which we “see what we want to see” or “hear what we want to hear.” In many of
these instances, our perceptual system is working to ensure that we do not see or
hear things that are threatening. The Target
Perception involves interpretation and the addition of meaning to the target, and
ambiguous targets are especially susceptible to interpretation and addition.
Perceivers have a need to resolve such ambiguities. You might be tempted to believe
that providing more information about the target will necessarily improve perceptual accuracy. Unfortunately, this is not always the case. Writing clearer memos
might not always get the message across. Similarly, assigning minority workers to a
prejudiced manager will not always improve his or her perceptions of their true abilities. As we shall see shortly, the perceiver does not or cannot always use all the
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