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This is Previous-Essay <== This-Essay ==> Following-Essay Click HERE on this line to find essays via Your-Key-Words. {Most frequent wordstarts of each essay will be put here.} ========================================================== %SPECIALIST ALIENATIVE JUDGMENTAL EXPERTS 880506 Often people who are highly qualified in some specialty act as though their expertise in their specialty confers upon them some special power to act as judge over people who are not so highly qualified in their specialty. Their presumption regarding acting as judges leads to alienation and educational failures when they attempt to educe other people's potential qualifications. Technical experts are not qualified to make judgments regarding values by virtue of their technical expertise. Ability pertaining to "how" does not confer upon those who have the ability, the power, to make wise judgments about the desirability of using their technical skills. Technical specialists, however, tend to want to prove their personal worth by demonstrating that it has been worth their time to gain their technical competence. The less self esteem and the greater the portion of their time devoted to training, the greater is the tendency to want to prove that the training time was worth the investment. This leads to the desire to make use of the technical skills regardless of the relevance of the technical skills to the situation at hand. The greater the ability of technical specialists, the greater is the tendency to wish to justify the investment entailed in developing the skills; whether the investment be in time or ability which might have been invested in other ways. If the justification takes place within a judgmental social context, self justification is likely to take the form of invidious comparisons designed to prove self to be more worthy of acceptance than are others. Of course such comparisons are likely to be made in terms of criteria in terms of which self is likely to shine as superior; e.g., technical competence. Such efforts at self justification naturally turn out to be alienative. (c) 2005 by Paul A. Smith in (On Being Yourself, Whole and Healthy) ==========================================================