Our senses are the central source of information about the world and events that happen around us. For this reason, the loss of one of these is a significant challenge for a person (American Psychological Association, 2010). Trying to understand this experience, I have blindfolded myself to investigate the environment in a new way. First of all, I should admit the feeling of helplessness and fear that appeared immediately. Being deprived of one of the basic senses, I was not able to analyze the world in the usual way. The environment was familiar to me; however, it was rather difficult to act, assess the distance, and find some objects. Moreover, walking in the street, I was not able to choose the right direction and move appropriately.
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My motions were awkward and I stumbled. Eventually, I became more careful and was able to move slowly. I should also note that my hearing became much better, and I could hear sounds that seemed unimportant to me before. It helped to find my way better. Peoples attitude was also different. They tried to help me and warned about some obstacles or things that remained unnoticed. At the same time, there was a significant alteration of their voice and tone as they tried to sound more intimate and calm. Altogether, I should say that this experiment was rather informative as it helped me to acquire a new experience. However, I believe that I am still far from the understanding of the worldview of people who live with this disability. I had some images in my head that helped; however, disabled individuals might be deprived of them.
American Psychological Association (2010). Publication manual of the American Psychological Association. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.