The whole and its parts

The whole & its parts

Interpretations and Observations

When sharing observations, we describe what we’ve seen, heard or sensed. We are using the information we could gather with our senses to describe a situation, a person or an object.

Interpretations allow sharing the understanding we’ve of situations, people or objects. They might be based on what we’ve seen, but their main influences are worldviews, experience, models or other references independent from what’s been observed.

Both are very different. They serve different goals.

Observations are there to allow or invite others to imagine the situation or person described. They are a base for individual conclusions and finding a common understanding.

Interpretations are invitations to follow, either by agreeing or by disagreeing.

Observations are often much harder to get than interpretations.




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