Blind Man's Syndrome
I think I get credit for calling this "blind man's syndrome." I haven't seen it described like this before. Anyway, here it is...
You are on a bus coming home after a long day at work and there is standing room only. You grab onto one of the bars and all of the sudden someone pushes you in your back. Ok, it's crowded and stuff like that happens. But it happens a second and third time. The fourth time, you whirl around to confront this inconsiderate person and find an older gentleman hunched over hanging on for dear life with one hand while the other hand is on...a white and red cane. All of the sudden the situation changes from one of anger to one of maybe helping the man find a seat.
Having been president of AAPB for nearly a year I have found that my perspective has changed. I no longer see it as a collection of people with a variety of interests but more as a living, breathing entity, and as such, with needs, aspirations, frustrations, achievements, with a very select group of people as members. It goes something like this...
I can tell you that over and over and over again I have witnessed first hand the blind man syndrome in operation within AAPB. Its members are mentally gifted and they could have chosen any line of work but for whatever reason they entered a helping profession. And, as it turns out, it's getting harder to get a fair income for the work done. So, folks work harder and in a quick stolen moment check the email or network site and find something disturbing.
Unfortunately, often what they get is some email that inaccurately portrays AAPB or its members. They are unknowingly in the same place that our bus rider was while he was getting bumped around by what appeared to be an inconsiderate fellow. I can tell you that 99% of my interactions with board members, staff, and the general membership involved highly ethical people who have as a goal- the good of the organization and its members. They often have to deal with highly complex situations with no easy answers akin to a Secretary of State.
So should you do if you find yourself wondering why this or that appears to be the case....call the president or any board member, call the AAPB headquarters and they will direct your call to the appropriate person.
Jeffrey Bolek, PhD
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