I was once a medical student. One of the earlier skills we were taught was to do a complete physical exam. Aside from the stet, you must be able to use your small patellar (tendon) hammer to elicit a knee-jerk reaction.
It’s simple: by just tapping below the knee, the lower leg jerks forward. Now that is a normal physiological reaction. And it says your neural reaction is OK.
But in the context of business, political, and our everyday lives; knee-jerk reaction,in most cases, is a bad thing. It connotes non-thinking. Decisions and opinions are confined to the usual, most often, impractical, way-of-doing things.
Our politicos are a great source:empty, just making through the motions, blabbing fools.
We all also experience it in the office very often. I recently submitted a report which elicited angry reactions. “This is not the way we do things here, I can’t see the template we discussed”, guffawed a colleague.
I just sulked and thought: “All the elements are there for godsakes, you just need to read.”
As always, I would always go: yes, yes, charge it to experience.
Image Credit » https://pixabay.com/en/hammer-employee-white-stone-man-1008973/ by JanDix