The mindset behind the term "perception is reality" is also unhelpful as it also means that "false perception/ misinterpretation is reality", which it is not.
For the record, I can't stand assumptions. They are not knowledge and I care even less for rumour as it hurts people's reputations causes #distress/ #anxiety and may be #covertbullying
PS Where rumour spread is covert bullying it is a #crime in the #workplace. That would mean that covert bullying behaviour ie white-anting/ #whisperingcampaigns is a crime in the workplace of #ParliamentHouse/ Party Offices/ Branches and probably "on the hustings" during #electioncampaigns
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