|The Number 23 and Other Paranoia|
|By Joe Bouchard|
The following is an installment in "Operation Icebreaker: Shooting for Excellence", a series featuring "Ice Breaker's" designed to promote training awareness and capabilities in the corrections industry.
Do things happen a certain way or are there forces out there pushing us to do their bidding? Are we living life with no guide or is an invisible hand pulling our marionette strings?
Every veteran corrections professional knows that there are different personalities with which we deal on a daily basis. One of these personalities is the paranoid type. And this type can cause many problems inside. Paranoid people can write unwarranted complaints, become extremely defensive, and make preemptive strikes on events he or she perceives will transpire.
Because of this, it behooves us to look at the concept of paranoia. Let us assess this through a simple economic exercise.
Is the number 23 important in my life?
Is there such things as lucky numbers?
Is this as creepy as the Jim Carrey movie The Number 23?
Have students list paranoid preoccupations. Here are a few:
Ask class how staff can deal with paranoia in order to keep order.
Joe Bouchard is a Librarian employed with the Michigan Department of Corrections and a collaborator with The International Association of Correctional Training Personnel (IACTP). He is also the author of “IACTP’s Corrections Icebreakers: The Bouchard 101, 2014” and "Operation Icebreakers: Shooting for Excellence". The installments in this series include his opinions. The agency for which he works is not in any way responsible for the content or accuracy of this material, and the views are those of the contributor and not necessarily those of the agency. While some material is influenced by other works, all of the icebreakers have been developed by Joe Bouchard.
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