Choas and structure

I’m currently reading Nation of Wimps: The High Cost of Invasive Parenting, and  I find myself considering interesting convergence of issues between invasive parenting and the chaos theory of counseling.   In an article titled Counseling Chaos:  Techniques for Practitioners, Pryor and Bright state, “the complex array of potential influences, the limitations of one’s knowledge of others or oneself, and the historical uniqueness of every event will always thwart accurate predictability.”

If one takes a chaos view of the career choice process and add to it a narrow-in-scope upbringing, that student is even less prepared for the decision making processes that accompany (or at least should accompany) higher education.  We all experience some of that first-hand vis-a-vis “helicopter parents.”  But, these issues also make me curious about their connections to retention in the first career path upon graduation.

It stands to reason that a student who is less able or less willing to (or simply doesn’t) go through a process of personal discovery is more likely to land in a first career that is not a good fit for their strengths, values or interests, since that student may not really discover those qualities until they are in that first job.

There is more to ponder and research here…

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