Friday, May 16, 2008

On compartmentalization and the resulting sub-optimal performance

I coined a new term: “compartmentalization” and discussed it with a few people and then another term “sub-optimal”.

Both these terms stand for concepts/phenomenon which I am sure a lot of you are aware of although you probably don’t identify them with these words.

Compartmentalization arises from the fact that when we meet different people we assume different roles to some degree. So for example the way we behave with our family might be different from how we behave with friends and that might be a little different from how we behave with children and so on.

There are also occasions when we come across powerful people for example a professor of ours with great knowledge of a subject and an irritation with mediocrity, or a job interview which may require the best performance or the problem in interaction people have with those they are infatuated with, and so the list goes on.

So while in each of these roles you can perform best if you maintain your comfort level and assume to treat each individual as you would your sister or brother this is sometimes difficult to do.

This “compartmentalization” that we are subjected to results in “sub-optimal” interaction.

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