Raj is a third-year engineering student who known in his college as a rude person who was only after physical beauty.
He only seeks to talk to attractive girls in his college and makes it too obvious by his demeanor that he does not like to talk to girls of any other type!
Below are some other dots about the situation.
1. A first-year incident
2. About Nitin (Raj’s friend)
3. Raj’s family2
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Given the 2 case dots, it is unlikely that Raj is a rude and insensitive guy. Had he really been after attractive girls, he would not have behaved the way he did at NIIT [Dot 1]. Moreover, his family background is also modest in all respects [Dot 2] and decent as well. Therefore, the common perception about him is most likely wrong.
But, how can so many people be wrong about him?
May be Raj changed after that NIIT incident (which happened to him in his 1st year)? So, below is our theory on what would have happened.
What would have happened after the NIIT incident.
After the NIIT incident, Nitin was very angry. He told Raj that he was a small town guy and so he hesitated in front of beautiful girls, and that was why he chose to go to the cabin of the average-looking girl.
This theory made Raj very uncomfortable–as there was some truth to it for sure. So he reacted emotionally and took a decision:
“In future, I will never be seen talking to average looking girls. And I will try hard to interact with beautiful girls.”
In some time, Raj became known as a rude person who was only after physical beauty.
What would have happened if Raj had been able to do accurate sense-making:
Below is the theory that connect all the dots best:
Raj indeed hesitates in meeting beautiful girls. But, Raj is also a sensitive guy–due to his family background. He chose the left cabin not just because he was hesitant, but also because he did not want to hurt the average-looking girl. He figured instinctively that all other guys would be choosing the beautiful girl’s cabin, and he did not want to behave in the same insensitive manner!
Now, just imagine that if Raj were able to accurately sensemake his own personality, how different would life be for him! He would not only retain his good quality of being sensitive to others, but he would also be able to healthily fix his problem of being hesitant towards beautiful girls!
However, Raj was not self-aware in his first year. So, he accepted Nitin’s sensemaking about him uncritically. He reacted emotionally and hence erred on the side of being insensitive–perhaps just to prove a point and also to fight his own complexes.
This case demonstrates that, before one chooses the remedy, the diagnosis must be accurate!
1. Question10 point(s)
Which of the following statements captures complete Sensemaking about Raj’s behavior?CorrectIncorrect