Overcoming the Ego

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Everyone knows that person with the over inflated ego. The people that, as Ty Matejowsky states in his article Dealing With Inflated Egos, areoblivious to their own pomposity”. In classroom settings, this can be particularly harmful to students whose professors have this sense of over confidence. However, this can also be a problem when transferring into field schools. Field schools “provide students valuable occasions to develop important practical skills and professional connections”, which are important later on in life. However, as discussed in a previous article, Dealing with Reality, that is not always the case at these field schools.

The subculture of these field schools has fostered an idea of everyday violence that involves sexual assault. While this type of violence did not occur everyday at every field school, it was still a much larger problem than it could have been. This connects to the newer article about inflated egos. Tensions can develop between individuals that lesson the learning experience. While egos may not be the only cause of this tension that evolves, it does hold a significant foothold in the problem.

Many of these problems can be seen in our own experiences both inside the classroom and out. At a small school such as Wheaton, personal space can be hard to come by. With the mixing of so many personalities, tensions can rise both in academic settings and out. But where does ego come from? That is hard to answer, upbringing and social position may have an effect at the student level. This connects back class when the different kinds of violence were discussed. Since these problems stem from how we live our lives on a day to day basis, when looking at ego, tension, and even sexual assault in an academic setting, everyday violence plays a huge role.

This particular article ends with a piece of advice. When in a situation where you have to deal with an inflated ego, get out. While this particular article has a large focus on professors with egos, the ideas can be transferred to other situations as well. Separation from the problem will relieve tensions, and decrease risks of anything escalating from a situation. While we can’t always escape the violence that is ingrained in our different societies, there are ways we can avoid it.

The author ends with a final note to professors “we have a great responsibility and must exercise caution, act ethically, and never abuse our power at the expense of students”. This is an idea that everyone should keep in mind. Act ethically, never abuse power, keep your head on your shoulders.

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