In the office, I am affectionately referred to as "the curmudgeon”. I tend to arrive in the office with a less than cheery disposition and I am always the first person to disagree with a newly proposed idea or concept, haha. Nevertheless, I am an integral part of the creation process, one which rests and on the push and pull of agreement in order to arrive at an actionable, successful plan.
When I stop giving in to my negativistic proclivities, if only for a moment, I relish in the fact that we at Southern California Neuropsychology Group are not actually a company. Sure, we are incorporated, pay taxes, and obey regulations like any other business entity; however, in our day to day dealings we are obsessively concerned with the world around us. In this regard, we are more like a philosophical society than a corporation. We discuss airy-fairy concepts like universal energy, then quickly pivot into the hard statistical data that underscores our scientific field. With these concepts in our palms, we relentlessly lever our knowledge so that we can actually change the world. Every day our rag-tag band of sharp minds attacks the seams of society, so that we can improve its health.
I know what you are thinking: Everyone wants to “change the world”, get in line with the other ideologues and “social entrepreneurs” that prattle on about impactful services and views of better tomorrows.
Here is the difference: we don’t lever hopes and dreams. We hack brains. We knock on the door into your inner machines and tinker around with the apparatus that actually creates the world. We aren’t all that consumed with social phenomena; we can’t change systemic racism, prejudice, or rampant crime. We simply treat these as ghostly eventualities due to faulty logic in processing.
We live and breathe this concept.
In every treatment session, every assessment and subsequent report, we are actively doing our best to jump inside the minds of those comprising our societies. We talk about personality functioning and the ramifications of certain types of people interacting. We talk about misrepresentation, misinterpretation, and how one person’s nightmare just may be another’s fantasy.
Don’t get me wrong -- I am not trying to paint our industry as some panacea. We may use words like alchemy as metaphors, but just like the metaphysicists of yore, we are still on the journey. As seekers of knowledge, we are aware of the shortcomings of our craft. When one is attempting to construct cogent narratives about a creature whose reality is composed of images based on images, there is enough shifting sand to make the Sahara look like a schoolyard blacktop. We just simply choose to view the malleability of the human condition as our greatest hallmark, while simultaneously acknowledging that it is also the single greatest stumbling block.
When you find yourself trying to make sense of the world around you, you will quickly feel inundated by the sheer complexity of material and immaterial interaction. There are a panoply of biases, virtues, fallacies, and exaptations. People are compilations of programs that in no way, shape, or form come together as a straightforward expression. In all of us lie contradictions and convolutions that lend to complexity at every level of society.
Thus, we at SoCal prefer to look at the world as a composition of parts. These parts are humans. Living, breathing humans that process information in biologically miraculous, but conceptually flawed ways. Each nervous system is weighting certain facts and reducing certain facts, emphasizing some data, while discounting other streams, and the result is a world that is anything but linear.
We have a vision of a new tomorrow. One that judges each man, woman, or child on his or her talents regarding information processing. We each have talents! We each have strengths that are beautiful and unique. We each have flaws as well, but when we learn to utilize our talents to contribute to the societies around us, most of us achieve a harmony that is undeniable.
We cannot help everyone, but our mission is to help as many people as we can achieve a harmony with their worlds. If we can help steer them towards their strengths and train up their weaknesses, we wager that the world can be hurtled down a new and improved trajectory.
We are not clairvoyants. None of us, to my knowledge, possess the gift of prophecy. However, we can recognize patterns and they repeat themselves with rhythmic consistency. These are the configurations we walk our people through and let me tell you, we get results.
This is our mission and I hope it resonates with you.
Director of Business Operations and Development
Southern California Neuropsychology Group