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Here's What The Image You See In This Optical Illusion Reveals About Your Age

Optical illusions can really make you scratch your head. It's like they're gaslighting you or making you gaslight yourself.

The illusion usually has something to do with light or shape, but it is how you react on a subconscious level that makes people see different things. Be ready to be quite confused with the following optical illusion.

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How Do Optical Illusions Work?

Optical illusions happen when our brain and eyes try to speak to each other in their own language but the interpretation gets mixed up. When we put certain patterns, numbers together strategically, or light an object a certain way, we can actually trick our brain into seeing something that isn't there. Even if the brain knows it's being tricked.

Images like the one you're about to see have two possible interpretations. Usually, the one that is most familiar or important will be the one you pick up first.

Do You See A Young Woman Or Old Woman?

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rhere are 2 pictures in this one image. Depending on your age, you'll be more inclined to see one over the image. Some people see a beautiful young woman while some older ones noticed the old woman first.

The image was originally made by American illustrator William Ely Hill in November of 1915. It was originally titled "My Wife and My Mother-In-Law". The image circulating today was adapted from a picture going back at least to an 1888 German postcard. This could explain why the woman's attire differs from today but at least age is a constant.

Social Media Is Driving Itself Crazy Trying to Find Both

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The problem is that those who see one woman can't seem to find the other one! Those who find one, are trying to help each other find the other. One commented: "I couldn't find the old lady until I halved the picture and only looked at the bottom half."

People started to notice that if they find the young woman first, it likely has something to do with their age, or at least how young they feel.

So What Does Your Answer Mean?

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Finally, someone figured out how to find both noting that the young woman's eyes and ear can also be interpreted as the old woman's eyes. It's all about careful perception and the messages we send to our brains. This can come down to years of subconscious perception, experience, and yes age!

In fact, researchers at Flinders University, found that what we see in this picture comes down to "own-age social biases." We are creatures of habit and we are attracted to what's familiar because it feels safe and relatable. This is a way of validating our own experiences so that we feel "normal" and fit in. For example, we prefer to surround ourselves we people who are our own age because they "match" our lifestyle and probably get us. So, we look for them in this image too. Get it?

They Even Did A Telling Study

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This isn't just a one-time illusion, this is just a reflection of we see ourselves in relation to each other. The study had concluded: "the young and old respectively accurately estimating their own age best, showing own-age bias is closely aligned to both their conscious and subconscious reactions."

Keep in mind that the university tested this on over 400 people over the age of 18! You'd think that's plenty of chances to agree on one of the women...

Pretty neat right?

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The 5 Practices Highly Respected People Do Everyday​

Highly Respected People Are Admired For Their Characteristics

Ever wonder why some people seem to naturally earn everyone else's respect? They may even come off as intimidating. Maybe it's in the way they walk or the way they dress, and while those are factors, what makes them highly respected is the practices that they make part of their everyday routine.

These habits are not easy to form but those who have them create the traits that earn them the respect that they deserve. Here's how.

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They Read Actual Physical Book

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Harry S. Truman, also known as the 33rd U.S. Presidents, once said, "ot all readers are leaders, but all leaders are readers." Reading is the way that these people cut out the noise, and step away from distractions. They devote time where all their focus is on acquiring knowledge.

They're not reading on the iPad where 5 notifications about Karen's new hair color might pop up. Rather, they are investing in themselves by taking the time that develop a variety of skills that ultimately end up making them respected.

They Control Their Reactions

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You'll rarely catch a highly respected person rolling their eyes at someone or gossiping behind someone else's back. Highly respected people treat others the way that they want to be treated.

The trick is in thinking before they speak. They have an ability to calculate the consequences of their actions as to control their reactions before their facial expressions or body language gets the better of them. They have great social skills and are great at resolving conflict before it escalates.

They communicate Assertively

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Highly respected people have very tailored communications skills. They are aware of their tone, presentation, and vocabulary because they've learned that if they communicate too passively or too aggressively, their message will get lost.

Those who are highly respected have a deep understanding of others. They know that people often react to delivery instead of the content so they make sure that the delivery is assertive and doesn't hold strong emotions as to not provoke anyone.

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They Know The Line between Confidence And Arrogance

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You might think that a person can be respected just because they're really good at something but it turns out that competence and respect don't automatically come together.

Rather, competence needs to be shown with confidence while still not crossing the line into arrogance. A person earns the most respect when they're confident in their skills and abilities but don't use them to brag and boost their ego.

They Show Competence With Warmth

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Highly respected people earn their competence with practice, hard work, and growth. Being smart enough or skilled enough and confident enough is also not enough to be highly respected.

Harvard psychologist Amy Cuddy found that competence is only the second most important trait for earning respect. The first is actually warmth. When you meet someone new, you intuitively as yourself "can I trust this person?" and "can I respect them?" Trust comes from being warm and kind while respect comes from being competent. To be highly respected you need both.

They Are Always Willing To Change

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Highly respected people are on a journey. They don't get comfortable and then stop putting in an effort. They know that every day they need to use their time wisely and efficiently to get themselves closer to their goals and the kind of person that they want to be.

They're always on the hunt for new challenges and skills and they take the time to reflect on their actions to work on their internal growth.

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