The Glass is either Half Full or Half Empty . . . . Right?? The situation is presented as a way to psychologically assess the perceptions and tendencies of the individual. Yet, the Half Empty / Half Full dynamic perpetuates the duality aspect of earthly existence to which many have become accustomed and within which they are socialized. There is only the halfway point. Half Full or Half Empty is a perception, an opinion, a preference. To understand this is to realize that there is an ebb and flow to life that cannot be elucidated within the half empty / half full dynamic.
What does the glass half empty / half full expose about the individual? Seeing the glass as Half Empty is taken as viewing life from the standpoint of one’s shortcomings, misgivings and inconsistencies. Viewing things from the Half Full vista is akin to the addressing the situation from an optimistic or more hopeful. Basically, perspective influences everything. Life is not viewed from an objective stance. Humans act and react subjectively. They see through filters. They have biases. ‘Everyone has a personality. And that personality alters our perceptions’.
The Half Empty / Half Full construct, in spite of it’s applicability, is a perpetuation of socialized duality. Conceptions of Either / Or can facilitate easier navigation through the day to day routines. However, taking one over the other is a sure route to negating some of the points that might provide a more complete assessment of a situation. Theoretically, as glass Half Empty person would have as much difficulty with optimism as would a glass Half Full person would with pessimism. Of Course, to be unequivocally anchored, in todo, in either camp is probably rare.
In truth, there is neither Half Empty or Half Full. There is, for certain, Halfway. That is to say there is a process, that is non-static, to the glass being in either state. An empty glass (a depleted person) can be brought to fullness by passing through the halfway point; i. e. obtaining knowledge, mastering a technique. Similarly, a full glass (a person full of potential) must pass through the halfway point in arriving at (full) emptiness: i. e. execution of a said endeavor). To draw a line in the sand and establish a camp on either side is to statically close oneself off and thereby invalidate a process.
There are situations in life demanding that a decision be made. Straddling the fence is not an option in that setting. However, it is to a person’s advantage to objectively assess both sides of an option. One way of looking at the situation is to say that the glass is refillable or at the halfway point. It is necessary to feel, deal and come to terms with all Negative and Positive feelings, situations and circumstances. Looking at various occurrences through opposing lenses, depending on what is happening in our lives, can provide a more inclusive assessment. The glass is at the halfway point, meaning that what is happening is in flux. It is either coming or going; it will eventually go away and make room for new and fresh developments. Therefore, next time someone asks if the glass is half full or half empty, inform them that it is neither, it is just at the halfway point.