September 19, 2002

Group Think

Don't get me wrong. I like working with people. I am comfortable, as a physical therapist, in close proximity to people. I am a good listener and I care about what people say to me. Except I have this neurological social defect. I'm not proud of it, but it's hardwired. It's not my fault. Really.

Put these wonderful people that I hear, individually, and care about around a conference table; even worse, seat them in a circle, call them a committee, and have one of them make opening remarks that contain triggering phrases from Roberts Rules... and something in my frontal lobe snaps, and I have visual auras and synesthetic episodes.

I see their mouths moving and all I hear is "blahblahblahblah motion on that proposal blahblahblahblah so moves that blahblahblah". And I suddenly realize that my eyes are crossing, there is a fine thread of drool out the corner of my mouth, and I haven't any idea where I am anymore.

Where two or more are gathered together, count me in. Unless it's a committee. You don't want me. Really. I can provide references.

Posted by fred1st at September 19, 2002 05:19 AM
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