Making Things Disappear – The Troxler Effect

Sometimes, fixating on a problem can cause us to be blind to a solution even though it maybe staring us in the face or obvious to everyone else.

To experience this visually, simply stare at the centre of the image without blinking. After a moment or two, the image will begin to disappear until you are only left with a white page.

This is called the Troxler Effect in which fixating on a particular point causes other stimuli away from the point to disappear.

By expanding one’s peripheral vision to see the big picture instead of focussing on a particular detail or event, we can create a more balanced perspective that can help us deal with challenges we face.