These are two words that deal with the way we perceive, understand and interpret things. Although these two words are often thought to be synonymous, be careful in using them interchangeably. Perception basically refers to the way we THINK about or UNDERSTAND someone or something. Perspective is the way we REGARD something or our point of view (POV). How you choose to use each of these during challenging times or important decision making moments is crucial. The same situation can be interpreted differently by different individuals with different perspectives and perceptions. In other words, perception and perspective are unique, specific and diverse.