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Knee-jerk reaction

I was once a medical student. One of the earlier skills we were taught was to do a complete physical exam. Aside from the stet, you must be able to use your small patellar (tendon) hammer to elicit a knee-jerk reaction.

It’s simple: by just tapping below the knee, the lower leg jerks forward. Now that is a normal physiological reaction. And it says your neural reaction is OK.

But in the context of business, political, and our everyday lives; knee-jerk reaction,in most cases, is a bad thing. It connotes non-thinking. Decisions and opinions are confined to the usual, most often, impractical, way-of-doing things.

Our politicos are a great source:empty, just making through the motions, blabbing fools.

We all also experience it in the office very often. I recently submitted a report which elicited angry reactions. “This is not the way we do things here, I can’t see the template we discussed”, guffawed a colleague.

I just sulked and thought: “All the elements are there for godsakes, you just need to read.”

As always, I would always go: yes, yes, charge it to experience.


Image Credit » https://pixabay.com/en/hammer-employee-white-stone-man-1008973/ by JanDix

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Comments

HappyLady wrote on January 26, 2016, 3:30 AM

People can get very set in their ways. It can be frustrating when you tend to think and write outside of the box. I put it down to limited skills on the part of the other person. Their problem not mine. Not so the case if my knees do not respond to the hammer in the hospital. I always worry that one day they might not!

vanGogh wrote on January 26, 2016, 6:53 AM

that one day may come (or not); worry not; eat the good stuff; keep entertained by Freya, take the long walks; let worry take care of itself

marleysa wrote on January 26, 2016, 7:10 AM

People, which politicians are not, find it hard to think outside the box, be different than the mainstream and therefore perhaps not accepted by society..they'd rather sell their souls and be 'acceptable'' than not..

BeckyWiegers wrote on January 26, 2016, 7:57 AM

You expected them to read? The temerity!

vanGogh wrote on January 28, 2016, 12:02 AM

oops..my bad.. right my fault :))