Intermezzo 13: On being a specialist

Question: I would like some amplification on something. There was a point in my professional life where I was the practitioner and that was very clear to me. When I heard the title ‘practitioner’ I imagined that meant something, I didn’t quite know what it was; there were some ideas but I never knew exactly what the meaning was.

There comes a moment when people tell you you are a practitioner, but the simple fact is that all the doubts that you had before are just moving along with you and it is just a never-ending story. A new training or a new story, amplifies your knowledge and it is always like that. Probably the physicians who made the diagnosis for the OCD child Mike spoke about earlier, these doctors have their titles, their degrees, their trainings, they have everything.  I don’t really know where is the point of balance in all of this.

Mike: Nor do I. It’s never fixed. There is no place you can go to and say if I am here everything is fixed, because then you have got rid of insecurity and therefore you are not growing.

I get very nervous with specialists, because specialists tend to make everything fit their speciality.  We have to be careful not to make the facts meet what we know, but rather to being open to be surprised by the facts.

Response: But it seems to happen that if you are specialised in fixing, for example, problems of the knee then those clients will in fact come to you.

Mike: That is also true. But other clients may come to you for some other reason, but you are likely to make their problem a knee problem because all you can see clearly are knees!

Response: It is also true though that when you have somehow resolved things in yourself, people do come with similar problems.

Mike: Yes, that is also the case.

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