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Transformational or Transactional: Different Views of the World

October 6, 2022

By Linda M. Woolf, STP President

“Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.” – Arthur Ashe

Early in my career, I bumped into one of my former graduate school professors and we did the “What are you doing now?” dance. Now to be quite honest, I remember very little of the conversation. However, I clearly recall that he asked if I was a member of APA or a Division.  As I recall I somewhat smirked and remarked, “APA is for clinicians—I’m not a clinician. What is the point of joining? What would APA ever do for me?”  I will admit—not my best moment.  Fortunately, my former professor was quite kind and endeavored to teach me again. I do not recall all that he said but he mentioned the Education Directorate, the importance of APA in lobbying efforts, resource development within Divisions, and APA’s role in advocacy on legal issues, including influence of the Federal Government and Supreme Court. 

What I have come to realize over the years is that my cultural upbringing clearly shaped my view of the world as transactional.  Essentially, with this view, we determine the worth of our relationships with others, organizations, and communities based on elements of exchange.  With this view, I value my job in large measure because I am paid. I evaluate organizations I join based on what services/resources that they provide to me. I appreciate friends based on what emotional, financial, or other support that they may offer. With this worldview, life is about transactions with the underlying idea of “What is in it for me or my family?”....

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To read Linda Woolf's presidential initiatives for 2022 and the task forces for each initiative, click here.

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