Every Life Has Value | Dave Roberts

August 22, 2014 8:11 PM

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Every Life Has Value | Dave Roberts

Behind the Cover: There is a tried and tested truth that reads: "You can't tell a book by its cover." Despite the inherent wisdom in that statement, there are times when many of us choose not to look beyond the cover in certain situations. I certainly have in the past, been guilty of forming opinions about a person or a situation without having all of the facts at my disposal. One of the factors that I believe contributes to this is our own inherent bias. We all have bias. To deny that is to deny a rich opportunity to learn from our human experience. Another factor is the fear and uncertainty that accompanies changing our perceptions. For many, change means letting go of the familiar, and that can be unsettling. In lieu of embracing the empowerment in change, we choose not to progress, even if it prohibits us from achieving a higher level of thought. Finally, choosing to see someone only through his or her diagnosis prevents us from understanding who that individual is or how he/she truly perceives the world.

Self-Fulfilling Prophecy: I was employed in the human services field for 30 years. Twenty-seven of those were for the State of New York as an addiction counselor and clinical supervisor. A standard component of the training and education that I received was related specifically to differential diagn...

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