Seeing Is Believing: Part 5 – Discriminating Within the Paradigm
Given a choice, would you rather have done good work only to reach an incorrect conclusion, or do you prefer several shortcuts which lead to the correct answer?
Nowadays, the paradigm of our society demands the latter. Quick results, self satisfaction and instant gratification have all but taken over and become the fuel of our society – well, almost. Let’s face it, you like to be right and so do I. There is something about boosting our ego with a correct answer that just feels good. The problem is, today’s society is less about how you reach the top of the mountain and more about the dance you do when you arrive. Society would have you believe that if you’re not a winner, you must be a loser – and that is where the challenge begins.
In certain areas of our life, we may be able to decipher or even discriminate between the important messages and the non, but if you’re simply struggling to understand the problem, it quickly becomes more difficult to formulate an intellectual filter for what is needed. The unfortunate result of this is we choose to achieve, by any means necessary, no matter how ugly or discombobulated it looks. We take shortcuts, we skip steps, we short change our own intellect by seeking out the answer with as little regard to the problem as necessary. Some people want to know what the answer should be so they can look for it, claim they see it and celebrate sooner, rather than taking the time to find it themselves. In many ways, it’s the world we live in.
Important to any Vision Therapy activity, but incredibly so with Vectograms, is to differentiate between the demands of the real world and whatever exists in the VT room. In many ways they are not the same. Math and spelling have definite correct and incorrect answers, Vision Therapy often times does not. With our patients we have to allow, and even demand, discrimination between the world outside of the office and the one within our walls. Our game has to be about how they play, and not about the final score.
Vectograms offer this unique challenge to both patient and therapist. As patient’s, can we unplug the logical connections and cognitive compensations we’ve developed and trust enough in our visual input? Can we believe that changes in size and depth, at times, can be mutually exclusive? Can we really wrap our head around the idea that unlike our experiences in the rest of the world, there really is no right answer and truly all that’s important is that we travel the road and grow in our perceptions?
As therapists, our job is fairly simple – maintain the process. There is a big difference between a patient stumbling upon the right answer, and defending an answer based on hard work and cognitive fortitude. Understand that as your patient’s perceptions and awareness’s change, our guidance and direction must adjust accordingly.