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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.} ========================================================== %DISHONEST POWERFUL PROFESSION COMPENSATION RELATE 900530 Professionals are often people who are involved in unhealthy personal relationships, and involved in activities which entail dishonest compensations for their unhealthy personal relationships. Often some aspects of their professional relationships involve pretending that the replacement of some essential aspect of healthy intimate personal relationships with some professional substitute is an o.k. replacement. Their professional life may entail attempts to compensate for lacks in their personal life. Such attempts are usually disintegrative because they are dishonest. Professional workaholics seek to compensate for and get fixes for their unsatisfactory personal lives by totally immersing themselves in their professional activities which bring them superficial levels of respect and honor. They become addicted to the appearance of the ability to be in control in their professional lives when they get frustrated at not being able to be in control of their personal lives. They are prone to abuse power which is entrusted to them, because they are not being honest with themselves regarding what motivations drive and direct them. Those around them who are their assistants are prone to become participants in addictive/codependent professional relationships, and so help to develop an addictive organization with many disintegrative ramifications. A community has legitimate reasons for being concerned about the behavior of the private addicts who abuse drugs in their personal lives. Such addictive behavior poses a threat to the integrity of the community. Each community should be at least equally concerned about the addictive behaviors of the respected professionals in the community who are entrusted with much power; for in their case addictive and codependent behaviors entail the corruption of the power with which they are entrusted as professionals. Addicts specialize in the development of ways to conceal their dishonest addictive patterns of behavior. Professionals who are addicts also specialize in the development of addictive ways to conceal their dishonest addictive patterns of behavior; ways which may not entail the use of illegal drugs at any point. Illegal drugs are not the essence of addiction. The essence of addiction has to do with dishonest fixes, dishonest attempts to control self and others, insecurity and low self-esteem, confusion, forgetfulness and selective memory which conceals dishonesty. Many highly respected political and educational leaders, scientists, doctors, lawyers, merchants and chiefs of big businesses and the military are "into" addictive patterns of thought and behavior. The greater is their power, the greater is the risk to the integrity of their communities posed by their addictive ways of responding to difficult situations. Addicts seek technical fixes for difficult situations which are not technical problems. Addicts treat personal dilemmas as technical problems, and build up technocratic patterns of response in their efforts to find fixes. This pattern is played out in the political, educational, scientific, medical, legal, mercantile, and military playing fields; where often the games are games of mutual self deception, and deception of the spectators who are led to respect the dishonest games which are being played with high technology presented as worthy of honor and support because it holds the potential of fixing all outstanding problems. The spectators are not told that what are presented as problems for which there are technical fixes, are really human dilemmas for which there are no technical fixes. The resolution of human dilemmas can be realized only through being honest within authentic intimate relationships; not through impersonal, objective, specialized efforts of technical "experts". Human conflicts and insecurity cannot be eliminated by experts-in-destruction, ready to use violent technical fixes. Addictions cannot be eliminated by law enforcement officers seeking to achieve control; for addictions have to do with trying to be in control. Human disputes and misunderstandings cannot be truly resolved by adversarial judicial procedures and technical requirements which encourage the use of misleading presentations and pretenses. Addictive and codependent blockages to learning cannot be eliminated by research specialists who are addicted to pure research as a way of seeking a compensatory fix for their own inability to deal with the dishonesty and emptiness of their own emotional lives. (c) 2005 by Paul A. Smith in (On Being Yourself, Whole and Healthy) ==========================================================