Trained incapacity, Dewey’s notion of occupation psychosis


Trainedincapacity, Dewey’s notion of occupation psychosis

Trainedincapacity, Dewey’s notion of occupation psychosis

Thestudy of the adverse aspects of bureaucracy is afforded by theapplication of the concept of Veblen on trained incapacity, Dewey’snotion of the occupational psychosis or the professional deformation.The trained incapacity is the state of affairs where the abilities ofa person function as blind spots or inadequacies. The actions byskills or activities that have been applicable in the past may resultin appropriate response to the changed conditions. Inadequateflexibility will lead to a less or more serious maladjustments. Thusto adopt this illustration, Chicken may be conditioned to interpretthe sound of a signal for food (Shafritz,Ott &amp Jang, 2015).

Theoccupational psychosis rests upon observations. People developspecial antipathies, preferences, emphases and discrimination. Thepsychoses develop through the demand put upon people of a particularorganization. Action can be taken regarding what we fail or attain.Focussing on Project X means neglecting on a project Y, thepersonality pattern of a bureaucrat is nucleated about theimpersonality norm. Since the functionaries minimize the personalrelations, the peculiarities of individuals are often ignored(Shafritz,Ott &amp Jang, 2015).

Thebureaucratic structure leads to conflict with the public. Thebureaucrat acts as a representative of privilege and power of thewhole structure. The transition to the negative aspects ofbureaucracy is afforded by trained incapacity that is the notion ofthe occupational psychosis of professional deformation. Thebureaucratic structure exerts constant pressure on prudent,methodical discipline. If bureaucracy operates successfully, it mayattain a high level of behavioral reliability that is an unusualdegree of conformity with the prescribed patterns of actions. Thus,the primary importance of discipline may be developed in economic andreligious bureaucracy. The efficacy of the social structures isdependent on infusing the group participants with appropriatesentiments and attitudes (Shafritz,Ott &amp Jang, 2015).


Shafritz,J., Ott, J., &amp Jang, Y. (2015).&nbspClassicsof organization theory.Cengage Learning.