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Grocery shopping:

Updated: Nov 4, 2019

One woman places her items on the conveyor belt – Kale, Bananas, and Protein Shakes, but at the last minute grabs a bag of Doritos for her stash – Is this her vice? Or did she grab those for someone else? A father and his teenage children unload their cart, this time – Chips, Popcorn, Captain Crunch, ice cream, and some frozen dinners – does he work long hours?  Maybe he doesn’t cook? Maybe they are throwing a party?  We have all done something similar to this…create assumptions about others based on outside appearances...such as items in a grocery cart.  But if we were to conduct a study exploring the accuracy of our perceptions, what do you think the outcome would be? 


My family has recently adopted online grocery shopping to save time and energy.  If you haven’t tried it, don’t knock it…it has some perks (less impulse buying).  As our shoppers gathered our goods, I couldn’t help but wonder – what kind of people do they think we are?  On our list - international foods, atypical flavors, and some unique fruits and vegetables.  Maybe they think we are from Asia or India, vegan, environmentalists, millennials, etc…..? 


"We must not allow other people's limited perceptions to define us. - Virginia Satir

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