posted on Jan, 23 2009 @ 02:58 AM
As a former counselor I'm well aware of the necessity for "lowered Expectations. Some clinicians euphemistically refer to this technique as "Baby
steps". What they're really saying though is, If you set your benchmarks for progress low enough, you'll never be disappointed. Even the laziest
and most unmotivated person can enjoy a modicum of success with a only a minimal effort on their part.
I typically used this approach when dealing with resistant clients that were unable to meet what would be considered the normal criteria for progress.
Their comprehension levels were typically low, their attention spans were extremely short, and their motivation levels were practically nonexistent.
The only reason they came to see me was because they were forced to do so by some agency or other. Life had been way to easy for them, and they had no
desire to change.
I now see that this technique has crossed over from the world of counseling into Mainstream America. Today we must set the bar for success at a much
lower level to be more inclusive of the underachievers in our society. Rather than demand that they do more for themselves, we simply lower the
standards. We see the results of this practice everyday in our schools systems (kids that can't read), our workplaces (poor service and low quality
work), and in our housing (built by nonprofessionals using second rate materials).
We must no longer expect well-trained, knowledgeable, and experienced people to work on our cars, design and construct our roads and bridges, or build
our homes. We must allow the unskilled and the untrained members of our society to do these things for us.
Why should we care that it might compromise our safety, or costs us more in the long run? We must lower the standards to be more inclusive of those
who are statically less fortunate. Surely you wouldn't object to having your home wired up by a person who had never received any formal training in
the field or participated in an apprenticeship? These things are trivialities in comparison to society as a whole. We must all make sacrifices and
lower our expectations to ensure we never feel the pangs of disappointment in our lives ever again..
[edit on 23-1-2009 by LLoyd45]