I am I plus my circumstances. Jose Ortega y Gasset
While it’s true that the way we perceive and interpret events impacts how we experience them, it’s only part of the story.
Too much emphasis has been placed on our ability to withstand the environment as if it were somehow separate from us.
Instead, we are a continuation of our environment, visible and invisible forces within it profoundly impact how we behave.
Of course, how people see and construe things differs.
We know that perception is influenced by expectations and unconscious biases. Prejudices we may not be aware of profoundly impact what we pay attention to and recall.