I have seen the word paradigm described as:
The way any individual perceives, understands, and interprets the surrounding world
and it doesn't sit right with me. My understanding was that paradigm was to mean "the way things are modelled globally", rather than on an personal basis. I have looked up the word in a few online dictionaries and on Wikipedia which seems to suggest that it's:
A typical example or pattern of something; a pattern or model
which is not too dissimilar from the meaning that I have been told, but I think subtly different in the direction that it seems to be looking. I.e the common usage suggests that the model is derived by others and given to the individual as a way of explaining a complex issue, where as the way I have been told it is the individuals own method of understanding.
Is the reading I have recently been given significantly incorrect and if it is what is a better word to describe that?