Thought for the Day from Dr. Randall Alifano PhD: Perception or Reality?

"Dr. Randall Alifano PhD says that it is difficult for a counselor to embrace the unknown when there is so much pressure to sound like The Authority."

Dr. Randall Alifano PhD is a minister and psycho spiritual counselor ordained by the Association for the Integration of the Whole Person (AIWP). Because of his training and experience, counselors come to Dr. Randall Alifano PhD for consultation. Dr. Randall Alifano PhD teaches counselors to learn about and recognize their own biases; the filters they have which limit and color perception. Dr. Randall Alifano PhD describes these filters as normal but without awareness they can get in the way of curiosity and the kind of in depth listening which is more interested in understanding than in rushing to a premature diagnosis.

Ethics, politics religious beliefs and childhood history, says Dr. Randall Alifano PhD, are the bases of the filters people use to make sense of their surroundings. Dr. Randall Alifano PhD explains that filters are an inherent part of human consciousness. In fact, continues Dr. Randall Alifano PhD, it has been scientifically proven that people are unable to perceive their surroundings with true objectivity.

Developments like particle theory and string theory, points out Dr. Randall Alifano PhD, demonstrate that the material world is actually not what it seems.  Solid objects are made mostly of empty space, elaborates Dr. Randall Alifano PhD, and reality has the potential to exist simultaneously in nearly infinite permutations. Given the nature of reality, Dr. Randall Alifano PhD explains that people actually need their filters to maintain bearings in an ever changing and uncertain world.

To feel competent, adds Dr. Randall Alifano PhD, most counselors need to believe that they know what is going on. Dr. Randall Alifano PhD says that certitude is a great stabilizer, but it is often an illusion. Counselors are conditioned to stick to their convictions, notes Dr. Randall Alifano PhD, even if there is compelling evidence to the contrary.

Dr. Randall Alifano PhD says that it is difficult for a counselor to embrace the unknown when there is so much pressure to sound like The Authority. Furthermore, according to Dr. Randall Alifano PhD, people are actually certain of very little. If a counselor is able to embrace not knowing with a healthy dose of curiosity the client will benefit greatly. A healthy amount of skepticism, humility and a willingness to reflect on our own filters are indispensable tools for the counselor and model positive life skills for our clients. Given that reality is never constant, Dr. Randall Alifano PhD suggests that it is advantageous to revisit, revise and refresh our presumptions periodically. A counselor who clings to their filters, unwilling to acknowledge and examine them, says Dr. Randall Alifano PhD, sets him or herself up for limited results in their clinical work.


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