the way things seem to be

Original Dramatica® Definition

Perception is a point of view on reality. In truth, we cannot truly get beyond perception in our understanding of our world. A character that represents Perception is more concerned with the way things seem than what it is. Therefore he can be caught off-guard by anything that is not what it seems.

syn. appearance, how things seem to be, discernment, a particular reading of things, a point of view on reality, a way of seeing