Your Values Are Visible TooMy work style emphasizes ethical values, conceptual knowledge, multicultural understanding, and critical thinking skills needed for clients to achieve their full messaging potential. To change one’s perspective and think creatively, I remind them, is evidence of being an alive, flexible, adaptable human being who constantly receives information, assembles and reassembles it, and thinks critically. Though people are always looking for the familiar in a message, they paradoxically also like novel ideas. Permitting ourselves—even encouraging ourselves—confusion in the process of finding the right approach can be a route to re-evaluation and clarification. Allowing dissolution to take place often means new awareness will follow. You must, in other words, approach your messaging, mindfully. You can't always be in a hurry. Good messages take time to develop.
As human beings our minds are full of incongruous feelings, thoughts, and ideas. This is precisely what defines us as being human. The complexity of our lives as relating beings is further complicated by the fact that every person with whom we connect is as complex as we are. What results, in the words of Theodore Rubin, is a “… vast storehouse of human substance capable of infinite combinations.” Change is characteristic of the human condition, and it is frequently confusion that leads us to the best use of our unique capacity to learn and grow. Again, Rubin states, confusion “…is, in fact, the germinating ground for the creative methods unique to man that make us so adaptable. This very complexity of feelings, these very ambiguities and inconsistencies, make it possible to survive and to survive as the most interpreting, relating, and communicating creatures on earth. This makes us the symbol-reading and writing creatures we are. This makes us the unique inventors, creators, and users of medicines, machinery, and all the other materials we have developed as tools for living.” These facts help make us both effective makers and receivers of symbolic interaction--they are equally effective in making us both good producers and consumers.