In counseling, I often like to use this diagram to help people realize that we perceive our environment and reality differently, depending on our beliefs, values, thoughts, past experiences, and imagined “projected” futures. Let's call these filters for simplicity sake.
Person with Filter A will describe their perception as a square.
Person with Filter B=rectangle
Person with Filter C=pyramid
Person with Filter D=a simple line
So who is more correct? Of course, they are all correct in their own way, but chances are, they will argue with each other on who is more correct.
To solve the problem, sometimes we have to defuse and step back to see the 3D prism, and explore, acknowledge, and appreciate our different filters.
In counseling, we are more interested in seeing the different ”filters” rather than the squares, lines, pyramids, or rectangles.
So what if person A don’t like their perceived square/reality, or it is now becoming more maladaptive? They may want the rectangle, line or pyramid.
In counseling, we try to help person A with 4 key strategies.