I have been asked to conduct a seminar on the subject of “On Narcissism: An Introduction,” the paper you wrote in 1914.1 realize that it may be presumptuous to invoke you personally for this purpose, but I am experiencing certain difficulties in approaching the task and believe I can make a better job of it if I can engage in a dialogue with you, as the interlocutor who can resolve my doubts, and with whom I can raise objections and offer alternative viewpoints.
My difficulties arise largely because I not only have to communicate concepts that continue to be fundamental to psychoanalytic theory but also feel bound to disagree with some of the considerations you put forward. Conscious of your love of truth and the honesty you have shown throughout your work, however, I shall proceed with these objections as homage to your scientific integrity and creative genius. Since only what could be measured and quantified was regarded as “scientific,” many of your brilliant discoveries had to be forced into a mold in order to conform to the established canons. I assume, too, that your emotional reaction to your disagreements with Jung and Adler influenced your approach to some aspects of your theme.
If being efficient means the school board can act as it sees fit and not worry about anyone affected by its decisions, then serving on the board is anything but, given the legal, political, and practical constraints on the board’s actions. Because of these constraints, it’s more important how the board conducts its business than what that business is. The most critical part concerns how, when, and why the board communicates with tactical, operational, parent, and community groups, all of whose support your board will need to provide strategic leadership.
Communication takes care and time, which you must build into the board’s working schedule. Many boards will find they spend more time—and more productive time—communicating the background to and reasons for their decisions than they will making them. That may seem counterintuitive, but any successful leader knows that decisions alone change nothing. People change things, but only if decisions are communicated to them in ways that they can understand and relate to. Thus, the key to board leadership is your ability to persuasively communicate decisions, not just the power to make them. As the strategic leader of a school district, your board needs to communicate so that individuals in various roles can understand, relate to, and carry out the board’s strategic decisions.
In the light of our current knowledge in the field of neurobiology, follow-up of the child after discharge from hospital takes on a particularly important role. It shapes intervention right from the very early part of the child’s life. At this age it is vital that the typical features of development and the functioning of the central nervous system (CNS) be examined. “Cellular multiplication, migration, differentiation and connexion” are the foundation of the child’s development and functionality (Boncinelli, 2008, p. 48). However, after birth, development and functionality are greatly dependent on environmental issues.
At birth the brain is made up only of a number of neurons, varying from between 10 to 13 and 100 billion, but they are not yet part of the functional connective system: the brain is far from being complete. Its first task after birth is to create the necessary connections and reinforce them so they become permanent. From this time on connections are formed determining the enlargement of the cerebral cortex, which during the first year of life, triples in thickness. This process is greatly affected by environmental experiences. The caregiving environment has a specific impact on a growing brain, so much so that it automatically creates neuronal networks which reflect the experience.
Turn your radio on in the middle of a
baseball game for five seconds and then turn it off. Without hearing the
score, you'll be able to name the winner, and you'll be right more than
half of the time.
Look, I'm a busy guy. I'm always looking for a way to save
time on the less important things in life, such as following my local
baseball team, so I'll have more time to spend on the important things
in lifefriends, family, debating the logic of the Holms' sequential
Bonferroni procedure as the appropriate follow-up method to analysis of
variance, and so on. A case in point happened just the other day.
Wanting to know whether the Kansas City Royals would win a baseball game
that was in progress, I hardly had time to wait until the game was over.
I wanted to know right now!
Much like Veruca Salt and her interest in owning one of Willy
Wonka's Oompa-Loompas "now!", I don't have much patience.
Like a bolt from the blue, I realized that I could turn on my car
radio for just a few seconds and have enough information to guess the
outcome of the game. And I could do that without hearing the score or
who was on base.