The Colored Glasses of Paradigms

A paradigm is a form of understanding time and again free of important contradictions. It directs our expectations and helps us to arrange, organize, and categorize information. We all like to think that we have an objective vision of the world around us and that our insight is largely unchanged by emotion or individual bias. We know that most people’s outlook of reality is heavily prejudiced by their personal subjective understandings, but for some reason we tend to feel certain in our own objectivity.


Salma-Basharat3Salma Basharat has completed her MSC in Behavioral Sciences from Fatima Jinnah Women University After completing BSC in Botany, Zoology and Psychology. She did her 6 weeks internship in psychiatric ward of Benazir Bhutto hospital. Her areas of interest are mainly relationship counseling and addiction counseling.She is working with indoor as well as outdoor patients simultaneously with the aim of making difference in someone`s life and committed to the well being and restoration of her clients, facilitating them to evolve in a more tender way.

Editor: Itrat Zehra


In accepting our world, we learn about it, but we also learn from it. A paradigm is a way of classifying and condensing sensory information. Like learning, paradigms help in the study and understand our world by organizing the information around us. Our paradigms also influence the way we plan, record, and understand our experiments and observations, as humans as well as scientists. It influence the way information is processed by the brain and the kind of questions we ask when trying to understand the world around us integrating as it does, all of the knowledge and experiences we have obtain since birth. We all build interior models of our world, which we depend upon to understand it and to promise our survival in it. Our brain uses paradigms to categorize, sort, and practice information received by the senses.

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It is constantly free of major contradictions and even when it isn’t, it still works, because we can change in and out of various paradigms, although not always as well as we would like. It directs our expectations and helps us to sort, organize, and classify information that we receive from our five senses. We folks are all with different life experiences, dissimilar relations and different perceptions, and these all affects our personal. This is the reason why two people can see or hear the precise same thing and be left with completely different imitation of what they saw or heard. A paradigm may be personal or cultural, and we each have many dissimilar paradigms for different contexts.