Perception Checking

Perception checking is the process whereby the parties in conflict reevaluate exactly where they are in the discussion, and if their understanding of the problem, solution and content is on par with what really occurred. According to Richard Cohen in his book Students Resolving Conflict (1995, p. 19), “A contributing factor in many interpersonal conflicts is a discrepancy between reality and what the parties perceive to be real.” Perception checking makes sure that all parties are on the same page. The actual procedure calls for the parties to restate what has been said so as to assure that there is clear understanding of what was stated.