Directions(1 to 10):The first proposal I submitted for my dissertation
at UCLA was to write a theory of personality. My
chairman, a kindly man, smiled (1) and told me that
perhaps this was a bit ambitious for a young graduate
(2), I accepted his verdict and changed my topic,
but not my desire. It (3)later, when I had a chance to
begin to (4)a theory in my research on group dynamics
for the Navy during the Korean War.
As I (5) on the reasons for the persistence of my
interest in the overarching theory, I had an (6)
memory. When I was around eight years old, I was a
(7) baseball fan, as was my father. My hero was Lou
Gohrig. I would approach my father in an attempt to
prove to him how good Gohrig really was : “He hit 363,
had 49 home runs, batted in 165 runs. He’s terrific!”
My father’s response caught me off guard : “Yes, but
he can’t field.” I wasn’t prepared for that. From then
on, my way of (8) with my father’s responses was to
make sure I knew everything about any topic I wanted
to talk to him about. Partly as a (9), I became a holist.
I had to make sure I had (10) for everything.