It was the apperception that caught my eye. I had no idea what it meant, so I went exploring. We’re all aware of perception, and apperception is quite close in meaning.
Both apperception and perception are about understanding and interpreting what we experience. Apperception, however, is more about a conscious comprehension whereas perception is an interpretation of what one’s senses are saying.
My apperception of the difference is that apperception notes the reality and comprehends what that means, i.e., I see snow falling, and I know it is snowing. Or, I see a coffee shop, and I know there’s coffee available inside.
My perception of either event is that snow is cold, so I’d better bundle up before heading out. As for that coffee, if I saw someone walking past with a Starbucks cup, I’d perceive that a coffee shop was in the vicinity. Of course, it’s possible that I smelt the coffee in the air, which would cause my perception to veer towards the same idea…get some coffee!
…started as my way of dealing with a professional frustration with properly spelled words that were out of context in manuscripts I was editing as well as books I was reviewing. It evolved into a sharing of information with y’all. I’m hoping you’ll share with us words that have been a bête noir for you from either end.
|Credit to: Apple Dictionary.com; Dictionary.com: apperception and perception; Oxford Dictionaries: apperception; The Free Dictionary: apperception|
|Part of Grammar:|
|[Psychology; dated] The process of understanding by which newly observed qualities of an object are related to past experience
The attainment of full awareness of a sensation or idea
|The ability to see, hear, or become aware of something through the senses
The result or product of perceiving, as distinguished from the act of perceiving
[Law] The taking into possession of rents, crops, profits, etc.
|He had an immediate apperception of a unity lying beyond.
The line of use, by habit of apperception, becomes the line of beauty.” – George Santayana. The Sense of Beauty.
This could throw additional light upon the unconscious psychodynamic processes governing the perception and apperception, both sensory and extrasensory, of potentially threatening stimuli.
Performances provide another such context as audiences are brought together in a heightened awareness of sharing patterns of embodied apperception.
Where people differ is in the way that each of them typically makes use of the equipment; and this typical mode of apperception and responsiveness is what is meant in psychology by their type.
“This can bring about the “awakened state” that Buddhists and other spiritual aspirants strive for: apperception of the dreamlike, illusory nature of what we normally call waking life.” – Andrew Holecek, Dream Yoga: Illuminating Your Life Through Lucid Dreaming and the Tibetan Yogas of Sleep
“On Kant’s account, transcendental apperception cannot be equated with inner perception or personal awareness.” – A note on some contemporary readings of Hegel’s master-servant dialectic
|It is possible to go beyond the normal limits to human perception.
There will be the perception of pain when I tap this section of your brain.
Hollywood’s perception of the tastes of the American public are scary.
Even though he had done nothing illegal, the public’s perception was that he had acted dishonestly, and he was forced to resign.
We need to challenge many popular perceptions of old age.
“He wouldn’t have accepted,” said my mother with unusual perception.
She was an artist of rare perception.
Honest and straightforward, this duo has amazingly accurate insight and perception.
Drugs can alter your sense of perception.
No one can tell you what your perception is of a situation, for each of us has our own perception.
Having a working model of the brain, or even the incredibly complex neocortex, should help researchers understand processes like thought, perception, and memory.
“From a legal standpoint, the appearance of partiality is key, and defense lawyers pointed to the flurry of news coverage surrounding McSpadden’s remarks, as well as Internet comments as evidence of the public perception of bias.” – Keri Blakinger, “Judge Booted From Death Row Case After Racial Comments“. Houston Chronicle. 22 May 2018
With political candidates raising such large percentages of money from special interests, the public perception is that elected officials are being improperly influenced by campaign contributors.
|Adjective: apperceptive, unapperceptive
Verb, transitive: apperceive, apperceived, apperceives, apperceiving
|Adjective: nonperceivable, nonperceptional, perceivable, perceptional, unperceivable, unperceptional
Adverb: nonperceivably, perceivably, unperceivably
Noun: nonperception, perceivability, perceivableness, perceiver, reperception, self-perception
Verb, transitive: perceive, perceived, perceives, perceiving
|History of the Word:|
|Mid-18th century from the French aperception or the modern Latin aperceptio(n-), which is from the Latin ad- (to) + percipere (perceive).||Late Middle English, from the Latin perceptio(n-), which from the verb percipere meaning seize, understand.|
C’mon, get it out of your system, bitch, whine, moan…which words are your pet peeves? Also, please note that I try to be as accurate as I can, but mistakes happen or I miss something. Email me if you find errors, so I can fix them…and we’ll all benefit!