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Inattentional Blindness

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Notice anything unusual about this lung scan? I know, I know, you don't really know a lot about lung scans, so it all looks pretty unusual to you, right? But there are a bunch of people around who are REALLY skilled at looking at pictures just like this and reading them very easily ... Radiologists. Harvard researchers found that 83% of said radiologists didn't notice the GORILLA in the upper right portion of the image. Oops!

Well now, in their defense, they were not looking for gorillas! They were looking for cancer cells. That is their specialty. They were looking for what they know, for what their skill set gives them mastery over every day.

So what is it that you are sooooo very focused on? Which forest are you looking at so intently that you cannot see the trees? Is it your calories? Or your exercise? Or your fat grams? Seems, according to the researchers, that what we're thinking about with such absolute focus truly does filter the world around us such that it actually shapes what we see. And when that happens, sometimes we miss what is right in front of our face.

For today, take a step back and get a different view. Maybe it's not the total calories that are the problem ... perhaps it's the fast food that makes up the calorie content and slowing your weight loss. Could be it's not the amount of exercise being done, but the action in the kitchen undoing the benefit of the exercise. Or let's look at that sleep schedule ... not getting enough will simply unravel our dietary efforts because of the increase in stress hormones. With a restored view, you can have a new focus on the same journey!

If you'd like another go at your own Inattentional Blindness, I have a challenge for you ...

Enjoy your new view!

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
GODS_TEMPLE 3/28/2013 11:15PM

    Couldn't see the gorilla till I adjusted the angle of my laptop screen. Totally missed the moon walking bear too!

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NEEDTOLOOSE1 3/28/2013 9:23PM

    Love the blog really makes you stop and think - what do I miss?

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KARENLEIGH32 3/28/2013 7:37PM

    Great analogy!

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MARIONJEANA 3/28/2013 3:23PM

    Very thought provoking!

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JULIERAE41 3/28/2013 12:58PM

    I did NOT see the moon-walking bear! LOL. In fact, I had to really look for the gorilla and I am not even a radiologist!
This is such a good blog, Cathy. I know what I am seeing and I really need to re-focus my sight. I need to focus on what is good and pure and lovely and not what is going wrong in my life. Thnaks for being you, Cathy! You are an amazing woman!

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TERRIH8118 3/28/2013 12:19PM

    emoticon Great Blog. Definitely makes me think.

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2BDYNAMIC 3/28/2013 11:02AM

    Cathy--This is an excellent blog and really causes us (me) to think! .......... And you are right .......... what are we actually seeing ............ or missing? .......... emoticon ............ (Sure hope I don't have rose-colored glasses on!) ..........
OH and emoticon for the nice comment on my blog yesterday! .......... I do appreciate ........... (and I like the Calorie team too-very warm nice gals) .......... emoticon

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GAILANN48 3/28/2013 9:49AM

    Facts may be facts, but our perspective on them is what impels us to act. Thank you for your wisdom, Cathy. emoticon

:) Gail

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NILLAPEPSI 3/28/2013 7:03AM

    Excellent blog! emoticon for giving us a different way to look at things. emoticon

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