I first ran into this when I did an internship in psychiatry. The team that treated people with dissociative disorders, got themselves suffering from the same problems in the team dynamics. The same is true for organizations. What you deal with affects you. Police start to look like criminals, teachers like students, youth care like the youth that they handle. It’s quite special to also capture the essence of your work this way; where you, your target group and organizational structure coincide.
The same can be seen in family and organizational systems. Many things occur in different generations as well as in different levels of the organization. It is inside the system, as they say. The good news about this is that we can do something about it, namely to be aware of it. The other side is that it shows us the limited feasibility of our lives and organizational cultures.
 

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