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  • Practice Imaginative Sympathy

    UNIT 11:

    Swami Vivekananda

    Contributor Personality Program

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  • One of the unique qualities of Contributors is their ability to

    appreciate and understand others’ life situation, others’ mental

    condition, and others’ point of view. How do they do this?

    They have consciously developed a ‘way of thinking’ called

    ‘Imaginative Sympathy’. In this way of thinking, they are able to

    give due importance to the human aspects of a situation, and

    not just the technical or commercial aspects.

    But this is not all. Imaginative Sympathy goes beyond looking

    at the human aspects of the situation. It also means that

    Contributors are able to anticipate possible interactions or

    reactions, they are able to take a multi-dimensional view of a

    situation and they are able to bring about changes or results

    while taking everybody along with them.

    Practice Imaginative Sympathy [Contributor Practice 5]

    11.1 Exploring how to practice “imaginative sympathy” pg. 2-5

    11.2 Work place application 1 pg. 6

    11.3 Workplace application 2 pg. 7

    11.4 Workplace application 3 pg. 8-9

    11.5 Project Work pg. 10

    What you can do next pg. 11

    Swami Vivekananda speaks to you: Expand your heart pg. 12-13

    UNIT 11:

    Developing a Contributor Personality

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    This Non-contributor Processing Officer sees his work as just “clearing proposals” and “passing files” – nothing more. Thus, the respect, meaning, and value he has for his own work will be limited.

    This Non-contributor Teacher is only able to see the immediate / short-term benefits of helping her students get good marks in the exam. Thus, she tries to do whatever she can to help them do well in the exam. However, in this process, without her realizing it, many students miss out on getting true learning / education – this harms them in the long run.

    This Non-contributor Hospital Administrator gives importance only to the process efficiencies in the hospital. He forgets that “patients” are human beings whose lives are being served. To him, “patients” are only statistics and business numbers.

    This Contributor Processing Officer recognizes the wider value and impact of his work – he sees that by checking and clearing the proposal he will be contributing to national development. He believes his work is meaningful and respect-worthy. Thus, he is motivated to do a good job, because otherwise national development will be impacted.

    This Contributor Teacher appreciates the longer-term consequences of focusing too much on exams. Thus, she sees the importance of helping her students understand the subject deeper, and does whatever she can to enable this. Result - not only will her students do well in the exam, but they are more capable of earning success in the long run.

    This Contributor Hospital Administrator is sensitive to the human aspects of his work. Thus “more patients” does not merely mean “more business” – it means “the hospital had an opportunity to serve the lives of more human beings”.

    continued ...

    Study the following examples

    2.

    3.

    The Non-contributor Hospital Administrator who has no “imaginative sympathy”

    The Non-contributor Teacher who has no “imaginative sympathy”

    1. The Non-contributor Processing Officer who has no “imaginative sympathy”

    The Contributor Processing Officer who practices “imaginative sympathy”

    The Contributor Hospital Administrator who practices “imaginative sympathy”

    The Contributor Teacher who practices “imaginative sympathy”

    I will give the students the ‘list of questions’ to be asked in the exam.

    Then they will get good marks.

    Let me help the students understand the subject,

    so that they are able to not only do well in the exam, but

    also are able to do well in their future jobs.

    Non-contributors give importance only to the technical or commercial aspects of a situation. They are unable to see the human aspects of the situation.

    Contributors are able to appreciate and understand others’ life situation, others’ mental condition, and others’ point of view – they then act accordingly.

    One more proposal to be

    evaluated.

    Clearing Proposals

    By completing this proposal, I will be able

    to make one more contribution to national

    development.

    Today we “processed” 200 more patients than yesterday.

    Today we were able to “serve” 200 more people as compared to yesterday.

    11.1 Exploring how to practice “imaginative sympathy” [CONCEPT EXPLORATION]

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    This Non-contributor Graduate sees himself and the value of his degree only in narrow terms of the job it will give him access to. Thus, he de-values himself and his degree.

    This Contributor Graduate believes she has some role to play in transforming society (in her own way). Thus, she values herself and her education that gives her the power to make an impact and “do something worthwhile” in the world.

    Group Worksheet 11.1: Similarly (as shown in examples 1-4 above), imagine the following situations to visualize how the contributors (who “practice imaginative sympathy”) would respond differently from the non-contributors shown (who have no “imaginative sympathy”). Discuss to fill in.

    1. Paresh goes to the insurance office to submit some documents for a claim.

    One thing I can learn from this example, on how to “practice imaginative sympathy” –

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    See what happens when the insurance office has officials who don’t have “imaginative sympathy”…

    How would the insurance officials behave if they “practice imaginative sympathy”…

    4. The Non-contributor Graduate who has no “imaginative sympathy”

    The Contributor Graduate who practices “imaginative sympathy”

    My degree gives me the power to get a job.

    [Visualize the situation and imagine their response to fill in…]

    My education gives me the power to transform society in

    my own way.

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    3. Malini is on her last week of work as administrative officer with a software company. After 5 years at this job, she is now moving to a new city.

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    The response of a Non-contributor motorman who has no “imaginative sympathy”

    What would be the response of the Contributor motorman who “practices imaginative sympathy”?

    One thing I can learn from this example, on how to “practice imaginative sympathy” –

    One thing I can learn from this example, on how to “practice imaginative sympathy” –

    [Adapted from an article appearing in Jan 04, 2007 edition of Mumbai Mirror]

    On 4th January 2007, a Western Railway train in Mumbai bound from Churchgate to Virar inexplicably did not halt at a scheduled in-between station. It overshot the station and stopped 155 metres ahead of the station. Commuters who had to get down at this station had to jump off the train and tread their way back, running the risk of being run over by approaching trains. Many had to take a train back from the next station. Motorman J Ramachandran, on being questioned, responded, “A motorman is running more trains now than earlier. The level of alertness required is tremendous and all the stress is telling on us. It is unfortunate that this incident happened, but we are not to be blamed.”

    [Visualize the situation and imagine his response to fill in…]

    Malini, we will miss you. You have taken care of everything here for so many years. We are

    worried whether the new officer will be able to manage without you… it will be chaos!

    Malini, we will miss you. You have taken care of everything here for so many years. We are

    worried whether the new officer will be able to manage without you… it will be