A Curse and A Gift


About a month ago, I presented an inservice for crisis support teams. Throughout the presentation I incorporated many examples from my own life. During a break an administrator approached me and said that I seem like the kind of person that “can’t turn it off”, as if I’m always analyzing events and their contingencies. I had to agree, sometimes it seems that I can’t.

As I study to sit for the BCBA exam, I find myself questioning my own sanity. This journey I’ve taken has at times been a gift and a curse:
My curse: Having to find time to read up on research literature, take classes, attend workshops, complete modules, or watch training videos to learn the ins and outs of the field.
My gift: Being able to use the knowledge and skills I’ve learned to help others (and myself) change their behavior in meaningful, socially significant ways.

For all you BCBAs, BCABAs, B.A.I.T.s (Behavior Analyst in Training) and anyone else in the field, what is one curse and gift you’ve experienced?

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One thought on “A Curse and A Gift

  1. Great questions to pose as we take this journey. For me, the curse is similar: not shutting it off and an overwhelming sense that I can’t possibly know all there is to one’s behaviours. The gift however is my objectivity to see things as they are – no judgement, no harsh reactions.

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