Concepts To Know: Indoctrination

Blind faith divorced of using the most valuable data set in the world, your empathic personal experiences makes for a lot subjective biases when you're researching. As someone who grew up as the much romanticized but quite alienating experience of being third culture, I often think of how this relates to my social concepts that feel like wardrobe items I can try on for size. Usually being a hyphenated alien means you haven't accepted any particular identity or social constructs because you are always flipping and weighing them through an objective lens that makes you writing... particularly... fresh. One of the only upsides of being socially peculiar is you realize reality is a mere illusion of perspective. Just catch the right one to tailor your message to your audience and tada!

One semi-heavy concept I sometimes mentally roll in mind like a coin is: indoctrination which Wikipedia (this is a blog so Wiki is legit) defines as 'the process of inculcating a person with ideas, attitudes, cognitive strategies or professional methodologies.' While this idea works if you are doing something in a well defined best practice field, it obviously can lead to biased and unreliable findings if the research subject isn't neutral and fails to address or think about social realities that can distort facts (even if they are an imaginary social construct).