Me: Hello my name is Navarat Aunaetitrakul. However I go by Rose. I am eighteen years oldand I have attended ISB for about 3 years now. Today I will be talking about how the differentways of knowing have affected my trekking experience in Nepal for my GCW trip this year andhow it has helped to me grow as a person.Interviewer: What are the different ways of knowing?Me: The different ways of knowing are language, emotion, reason, and perception.Interviewer: Can you tell us more about your trip to Nepal?Me: I chose to go to Nepal as for my last trip for high school. I wanted to go somewhere withmy friends to another part of Asia that I have never been to before. However I was a little bitnervous about the trip because of the trekking in which Ive never done before. The trip lastedfor about a week and we went trekking for about 3 days and got up to about 4,000 meter by thethird day. After those three days, we spent 2 days with the Moonlight Foundation School. Wejust basically played with the children in which I had a very good experience with as well.Interviewer: You said that you have never trekked before, did this affect your experience inNepal?Me: Well yes it did. Since I have never trekked before, trekking up to Poon Hill was actually themost difficult part of my trip. It was very hard for me going up the trails and even back down. Iwas always behind my friends so I felt a bit drained and frustrated for not being able to keep up.Interviewer: So what ways of knowing do you think affected your experience in Nepal?Me: The two main ways of knowing that played the biggest role in affecting my trekkingexperience in Nepal is perception and emotion.Interviewer: Can you expand more on how perception and emotion affected your experience inNepal?Me: Perception and emotion actually ties in together in this case. You will see as I go furtherinto my presentation. So I will firstly go into emotion. When I woke up at 4 in the morning I wasstill sleepy and my body was still sore from hiking all day the day before.Interviewer: So that means that before you went hiking to Poon Hill you were already feelingtired and negative right?Me: Yes, I was already feeling that way. However I was actually feeling more scared andnervous because of the fact that I knew it was going to be long and that I was going to getreally tired physically really quickly. Therefore I had a strong emotional coloring that affected mytrekking performance.Interviewer: I don’t understand what you mean by that. What is emotional coloring and can yougive an example of emotional coloring?
Me: Sure. Emotional coloring means that our perceptions can be colored by our strongemotions. An obvious example that occurs is when people fall in love. Let’s say you are inlove with a person and you would only see their positive qualities and ignore their flaws. That isbecause you are “blinded” or “colored” by your strong feelings towards this person so you wouldonly perceive them as someone special.Interviewer: Oh I see. So how did this affect your trekking experience?Me: So this meant that since I felt scared that I would not be able to make it out alive trekking upto Poon Hill because of the environment I was in, this emotion has colored my perceptual realityof the situation, making me think that its actually hard.Interviewer: Can you demonstrate how your performance was affected by your emotions?Me: The Yerkes-dodson performance curve can help to demonstrate that.Interviewer: What is the Yerkes-dodson performance curve?Me: Basically, the further I went on the x axis, which is the emotion part the more myperformance is affected on the y axis, and the curve goes down.Interviewer: What about perception, since you’ve mentioned that earlier.Me: As for perception, it was the selectivity of my perceptual field that made me have a negativetrekking experience.Interviewer: What is selectivity of perception?Me: It simply means that we only notice things that stands out to us a lot more while everythingelse that is not so important to us fades away so we don’t pay attention much to it.Interviewer: Is there an example that can illustrate this?Me: An example would be when you are having a conversation with your friends in a restaurant.You are going to only pay attention to your friend who is speaking to you. You unconsciouslyselect your friends who is speaking to you, as your perceptual field and you will overlook otherthings like the people who are talking around you and the waitresses and waiters who arewalking and serving customers in the restaurant.Interviewer: Oh okay now I understand. So how did selectivity perception affect your trekkingexperience?Me: I only saw the endless trails and did not notice anything else. Once I saw that I really justwanted to give up because it seemed very long to me that it made me think that I would not beable to do it. So again my emotions were triggered and my perception of reality was “colored”/distorted, so going back to the theory of emotional coloring.
Interviewer: So in your perceptual field, you only noticed the steps going up to Poon Hill andoverlooked everything else around you like sceneries up in the mountain right?Me: Yes that is correct. I only concentrated on the steps going up. It made me be biased tohave the expectation that trekking up to Poon Hill was going to be long and hard.Interviewer: What do you mean you were already being bias?Me: Well, there is this theory called confirmation bias. It basically means that you tend toremember only evidence that supports your belief and forget/overlook evidence that goesagainst them. I was already being biased that trekking up to Poon Hill was going to be long andhard because of my physical state and also the long trek I had the day before. And also in myperceptual field, the trails that were ahead of me going to Poon Hill was endless so with thatevidence that I had, supports in my view that going to up to Poon Hill was going to be tough,and that was my expectation. Therefore, I did not perform well.Interviewer: So what ended up happening in the end?Me: Well in the end, I altered my trekking experience through the James Lange theory entirely.Interviewer: What is the James Lange theory?Me: The James Lange theory states that emotions are physical in nature and bodily changescome before and cause emotional changes.Interviewer: And how did this theory apply in altering your trekking experience in the end?Me: So even though when I looked at the trails that seemed endless to me, I still just climbedup the stairs and I kept looking one step at a time- with also my hiking stick. So that physicalapproach slowly changed my emotional state to be less scared in which altered my thinkingthat I could actually do it. So now, if you go back to the Yerkes-dodsen curve- my performancebecame higher.Interviewer: How will you apply what you learned into your future?Me: I will definitely apply this to anything that I see as a challenge in the future. Since I was ableto push through trekking for 3 days 5-6 hours going up and down non-stop and I was able tofinish it on my own pace, I feel that I just have to do it (physically) in order to alter my emotionssince I am affected by my emotions by a lot in almost everything that I do. So in order to avoidbeing emotionally colored to my perceptual reality- I would need to just do it without thinking ofthe negative consequences or having too much expectations. So this meant that I would haveto think about the reason and emotion continuum. I would have to be more on reasoning tocomplete my tasks rather than my emotions, I have to be aware of my perceptual fields that isinfluencing my emotions.Interviewer: Do you have anything else to add?
Me: No I do not. Thank you for listening to my presentation.