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Annie Hall

A brilliant and funny demonstration of the difference between experience and meaning – and how the fact can be the same, but the perception and interpretation be very different!
This story is from the Are You Sitting Comfortably series... short, sharp morality tales for managers – often to make you smile, and always to make you think.

‘Annie Hall’ is an oscar-winning film, made by and starring Woody Allen, with Diane Keaton as Annie.

About 45 minutes into the film, there’s a sequence which shows Woody then Annie each separately visiting their psychiatrist – who happens to be the same person for both of them.

book extract - Annie Hall

The sequence runs like this:

Annie (to psychiatrist):

“Our sex life is….difficult. He’s a sex fiend, a maniac. He wants it two or three times a week.”

Cut to…. Woody (to psychiatrist):

“Our sex life is…difficult. She’s almost frigid. She only wants sex two or three times a week.”

So we each have our own versions, interpretations, of ‘the truth’ – how it is.

This very funny scene simply emphasises how the same fact or set of circumstances can be seen entirely differently by different people. So reality isn’t ‘out there’, but ‘in here’ – the result of our own perceptions and filters (many of which are completely subconscious, and so uncontrollable).

The key message is that, to have a better understanding of each other, we need to be open to the fact that different people will see the same thing differently, and that our own take on ‘the world’ and any event within it, may not be the same for others.

…to have a better understanding of each other, we need to be open to the fact that different people will see the same thing differently.

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