In the light of the unfortunate events in Ohio, it seemed only fitting to discuss the assessment of the poor kid that made the decision to take a gun to school and shoot his classmates.  As this has happened before and all to close to my high school and my college the first ideas of  “why they did it, who they are as a person, what drove them to commit such a heinous crime” commentary has become all to familar.  These comments are always made before the police have even gotten the chance to investigate. After the first shooting at Virginia Tech we were immediately put on lock down we naturally all turned on the television to find out what was going on.  The commentators were telling us that he has shot his former lover and the person she was seeing, also that he was mentally disturbed with a very sinister background.  This was not the case at all as we later found out but as human nature craves that immediate reasoning the media decides that is what they are going to tell us. The commentators were immediately assessing the situation and the person based off of what they might think was happening.  There were no facts to back up their assessment and no possibly way to understand what was going on.

This is what happens, part of human nature is that we need answers and fast to help work through whatever it may be that is bothering us, however that assessment that we are going off of could be completely wrong.  Immediate reasoning was placed behind the poor boy that fired upon his classmates in Ohio, but is that really what is going on?

Can we really make a correct assessment off of one event or even 10 minutes of that event? That is how we work unfortunately, we make decisions based of off what we conceptualize is happening at that time.  Understanding that it takes a lot of time to make conclusions on not only a person but their actions can help us as consultants not make rash decisions on who they are as a person and their reasoning behind their decisions.

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