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10 September 2003 @ 07:42 pm
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So I was thinking earlier today (like that's a rare occurrence ;P), and I got an idea for a poll. I'd appreciate it if you could answer this, though it serves no purpose besides satisfying my curiosity. :)

Close your eyes and imagine yourself sitting on a couch, chair, loveseat, or something of the sort in your living room. After you have a clear mental picture of this, open your eyes and answer the following question (DO NOT READ THE QUESTION UNTIL AFTER IMAGINING THE SCENE!!): What point-of-view do you have of this scene of you sitting in your living room?

First-person point-of-view: you're looking out your eyes into the room.
Third-person point-of-view: you're looking at yourself seated on the couch/chair/whatever.
Current Mood: curiouscurious
Current Music: John Mayer - Your Body is a Wonderland (live)
Six: cynicalsix2 on September 10th, 2003 06:25 pm (UTC)
Unfortunately I saw both. ADD anyone?
Melody: thoughtfulcomeseptember on September 10th, 2003 06:53 pm (UTC)
That's interesting actually. Could you describe exactly how you saw both? :]
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Eight Wishes8wishes on September 10th, 2003 06:52 pm (UTC)
Oh, I thought it was suppose to mean something, psychologically.
Melody: thoughtfulcomeseptember on September 10th, 2003 06:58 pm (UTC)
Shhh! ;P It is. Though I've completely forgotten what it's supposed to mean. XP All I remember is that supposedly it's significantly more common to imagine yourself in the third-person, and I'm quite fascinated by the fact that the results of this poll go against that. :)
ZOLTAN WARRIOR OF POWER!z0ltan on September 10th, 2003 06:58 pm (UTC)
Yeah I had that same question posed to me in psycology class... I didn't fall for it at the time because when he said it I tried so hard to picture it that i really did see myself out of my own eyes. But normally, it's 3rd person.
Melody: hopecomeseptember on September 10th, 2003 07:03 pm (UTC)
:o! You wouldn't happen to remember what it's supposed to mean, would you? :]
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Scott Kskreidle on September 10th, 2003 07:11 pm (UTC)
While I can imagine other people sitting on a couch--as I see it all the time--I can't really visualize myself from the third person, with the exception of remembering photos of myself. Thus, what I imagine is some combination of "other person sitting on couch" and "what I'd see from a couch"--so the first-person is a more accurate representation.
Melody: stampcomeseptember on September 10th, 2003 07:14 pm (UTC)
Ahh, that explanation makes much more sense than what you originally said to me. :)
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Melody: Slave Haruangelhalo on September 10th, 2003 08:03 pm (UTC)
Well I misread the prompt so I can't answer the poll :( I read "seeing" instead of "sitting" so I just imagined an empty couch!

Anyway, I think this is quite a fascinating study. It's weird, I can always imagine seeing myself from a different angle. Several, actually. Like right now, I can imagine seeing myself from the doorway, from the top, from behind... I can picture memories from different angles too.

The one thing that I have noticed that's weird/interesting is that I can picture something so vividly inside my head that I'll think it really happened. A few years ago I lost a camera, yet when my mom questioned me the next day I told her I took it home and placed it into the top shelf of my closet, because that's what I WANTED to believe happened.

I've tried looking for scenes that I recall having read in a book and then realizing that it must have never existed in the first place. Sometimes I just get these odd, odd feelings that someone or something is playing some gigantic trick on me.

Perhaps z0ltan is completely correct - my imagination might just be so overrun that it's not reliable.
Melody: magiccomeseptember on September 10th, 2003 08:20 pm (UTC)
Hmm...that's all very interesting. :) Considering my favorite area of psychology is perception and cognition, it's no surprise that I'd be quite intrigued by all this. ;D
Shaunaidoru on September 10th, 2003 09:14 pm (UTC)
i see the chair/room, and a nebulous feeling of me in it, enough to see like a shadow-version of me, but no facial details, and then it goes back to first person. omniscient view.
Melody: thoughtfulcomeseptember on September 10th, 2003 09:40 pm (UTC)
How is that omniscient view? Maybe I'm confused in my definition of omniscient view as it relates to literature... ;P
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Entirely Sonjaentirelysonja on September 11th, 2003 05:09 am (UTC)
I suspect that my answer to this question may have been colored by the fact that I was actually sitting on a sofa in my living room at the time I answered it. (Still am, in fact.)
Melody: stampcomeseptember on September 11th, 2003 06:33 am (UTC)
Hee, that's possible. Though the first time my sister did this exercise, she was sitting on the couch in our living room, and she still saw it in the third-person. *shrugs* :]
Cheeserhpana_cheeser on October 17th, 2003 08:27 am (UTC)
Join us!
My friend, co-worker and I just started a LiveJournal CFUG called ljcfug and need to get some CF developers joined up. Feel free to visit and introduce yourself.

(I'm also a Harry Potter fan to boot!)
Melody: stampcomeseptember on October 17th, 2003 03:53 pm (UTC)
Re: Join us!
I just joined the community to see where it goes. :) Maybe I'll get around to introducing myself sometime soon!