The Three-Eye Theory of Stress Management

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We see the world with two eyes but an inner eye processes the input. I call the inner eye perception.

Eye witness accounts of the same event can produce different explanations. Andrew Roberts, a lecturer in law at Leeds University provides an excellent example.

In 1969 eight witnesses identified Laszlo Virag of stealing from parking meters and using a firearm while fleeing arrest. He was convicted and sent to prison but later pardoned when it was discovered that it was someone else who had committed the crime. Little wonder that Andrew Roberts describes eyewitness accounts as “inherently unreliable“. (See BBC News Item The problem with eyewitnesses for other examples.)

It is not surprising therefore that two people gazing at a large sea swell can see it in quite different ways. One sees the swell as excellent for surfing while the other sees it as a danger to be avoided at all costs.

This perception-variance is not produced by the two eyes in the front of the head but by the inner eye of perception. Information passing through our eyes is filtered by the brain.

Mercifully we can change the filters and doing so will often turn a stressful event into one we can ignore or discard.

If you would like to get a real feel for how the brain processes information that flows through the eyes look at the object below. This object, called a Necker Cube, will involuntarily change from time to time as you study it.

Weird isn’t it! If the brain flips a simple object around what does it do to more complex objects?

Changing perception begins when you ask yourself this question:

Is there another way of looking at this?

If you find it difficult to get a new perspective then ask others what they think – what they are seeing. Knowledge gained in this way will certainly give you some different views.

Effective personal stress management always involves the third eye of perception.

So take a daily hassle and get a new perspective on it and see if you can make it irrelevant.

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John Townsend
John Townsend

My name is John Townsend and I have been working as a Stress Management Consultant since 1986. My seminar, Get Tough With Stress, has been presented to thousands of people throughout the world and shows people how to toughen up to stress and to transform stressful experiences into valuable learning experiences.

My clients include many of Australia’s largest companies plus Australian Government Departments and agencies. One of my greatest personal joys was to present my Get Tough With Stress programme to staff of the Australian Parliament.

Over the past 15 years I have been presenting to large numbers of Chief Executive Officers through an organisation called The Executive Connection (TEC). I have been privileged to receive the highest honours bestowed on speakers by TEC, an organisation dedicated to increasing the effectiveness and enhancing the lives of Chief Executives.

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John Townsend

John Townsend

My name is John Townsend and I have been working as a Stress Management Consultant since 1986. My seminar, Get Tough With Stress, has been presented to thousands of people throughout the world and shows people how to toughen up to stress and to transform stressful experiences into valuable learning experiences.

My clients include many of Australia’s largest companies plus Australian Government Departments and agencies. One of my greatest personal joys was to present my Get Tough With Stress programme to staff of the Australian Parliament.

Over the past 15 years I have been presenting to large numbers of Chief Executive Officers through an organisation called The Executive Connection (TEC). I have been privileged to receive the highest honours bestowed on speakers by TEC, an organisation dedicated to increasing the effectiveness and enhancing the lives of Chief Executives.

Follow John on LinkedIn: townsend-international-pty-ltd