Hi Mariah,

I don't see a contradiction at all.

We ALL see life through the filters of our past experiences. We each have our own stories that help us make sense and relate to the world and the people in it. Ergo, our experiences are subjective.

But just because they're our subjective experiences doesn't mean that they can't be distorted.

We may have a habit of interpreting things that our neighbor does to us as being callous and rude based solely on experiences we had with previous neighbors.

We're being TOTALLY subjective in our rationale (if we were being objective, there would be no problem), but our interpretation is distorted.

Working with a therapist can help us recognize this distortion (transference).

: )

This is simply MY take on the subject.
Your comments are always quite thoughtful and interesting.
Be well.