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Proviso Probe

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Welch wants BOE to speak with one voice: his

Apparently the president of the board of education Proviso Township High Schools (District 209) is upset with board members Theresa Kelly and Robert Cox for the statements they made to Proviso Herald (Chuck Fieldman).

Board president Emanuel "Chris" Welch has order Cox and Kelly not to speak to the media because it undermines the school board speaking with one voice.

I seriously doubt that discouraging minority voices from speaking to the media is ever appropriate for a school board.

But even if you assume the Cox and Kelly owe Welch respect because he's the president, he doesn't show Kelly any respect at meetings.

Welch regularly ignores her questions and proceeds to vote on issues without even giving the Kelly an evasive answer or an answer that dodges the question. And the board members that elected Welch president never stand up for Kelly and say, "Could we answer her question?" or "That was rude."

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  • WTF says,

    Chris is a damn fool! What does he mean the board should have one voice? Yes, him Foreman, Henry, and Adams are one voice: his voice! How does he even have the audacity to request such a thing? Power has gone to his head and taken over his body and now he wants to control others!

    So, if the FEDS come in a find wrong doing with a few board members all the board members should take the fall? This by far is the most arrognat and selfish comment from Welch, and there have been many, but this takes the cake. What happened to freedom of speech? Or maybe the other board members might not agree with Welch. With what has been going on lately with 209 I would not want him speaking for me. I want to hear from the other six who were elected by the people. With 209's legal problems they need their lawyers as their only voice!

    Chris Welch can go FLY A KITE or JUMP IN THE LAKE!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 5:10 PM, September 19, 2007  

  • Why is it surprising to anyone that Welch wants to speak with one voice. He is a clinical sociopath. "speaking with one voice" is characteristic of a Pschycopathic Narcissist. Google Dr. Robert Hare, who describes Welch' personality traits.
    His mental state is relevant, because it attributes to his actions and lack of responsibility as board president.

    By Anonymous Get Help!!!, at 9:55 PM, September 19, 2007  

  • To find a solution to a problem, you must know what you're dealing with:

    A psychopath will use people for excitement, entertainment, to build their self-esteem and they invariably value people in terms of their material value (e.g. money, property, comfort, etc..).

    They can involve and get other people into trouble quickly and they seem to have no regret for their actions. To date there is no checklist of behavior and symptoms that will tell you with certainty whether or not a person is a psychopath. But there are warning signs.

    The following warning signs are based on my experience but primarily research conducted by Robert Hare, Ph.D - the leading expert on the Psychopathic Personality.

    Characteristics of a Psychopath

    superficial charm

    self-centered & self-important

    need for stimulation (sex not relationships) & prone to boredom

    deceptive behavior & lying

    conning & manipulative

    little remorse or guilt

    shallow emotional response

    callous with a lack of empathy

    poor self-control

    promiscuous sexual behavior

    early behavioral problems

    impulsive lifestyle

    irresponsible behavior

    blaming others for their actions

    short term relationships

    The idea that psychopaths eat people is a myth. In reality, a person with a psychopathic personality can lead what appears to be an ordinary life.

    They can have jobs, get married and they can break the law like anyone else. But their jobs and marriages usually don’t last and their life is usually on the verge of personal chaos. They are almost always in some kind of trouble or they are not far from it.

    "A psychopath is usually a subtle manipulator."

    They do this by playing to the emotions of others. "They typically have high verbal intelligence, but they lack what is commonly referred to as "emotional intelligence" [Welch] There is always a shallow quality to the emotional aspect of their stories.

    In particular they have difficulty describing how they felt, why they felt that way, or how others may feel and why. In many cases you almost have to explain it to them. Close friends and parents will often end up explaining to the psychopath how they feel and how others feel who have been hurt by him or her. They can do this over and over with no significant change in the person's choices and behavior. They don't understand or appreciate the impact that their behavior has on others. They do appreciate what it means when they are caught breaking rules or the law even though they seem to end up in trouble again.

    They desperately avoid incarceration and loss of freedom but continue to act as if they can get away with breaking the rules. They don't learn from these consequences.

    They seem to react with feelings and regret when they are caught. But their regret is not so much for other people as it is for the consequences that their behavior has had on them, their freedom, their resources and their so called "friends." They can be very sad for their self.

    [Welch] A psychopath is always in it for their self even when it seems like they are caring for and helping others.

    [politcal allies] The definition of their "friends" are people who support the psychopath and protect them from the consequence of their own antisocial behavior. Shallow friendships, low emotional intelligence, using people, antisocial attitudes and failure to learn from the repeated consequences of their choices and actions help identify the psychopath.

    There is a growing discussion among researchers to suggest there may be a genetic influence that creates a psychopathic personality. The psychopath may lack the ability to physically feel what others identify as the physical sensation of guilt. They can feel fear, anger, sadness in the moment but not guilt for what they did or what they are about to do. Some sociologists believe that a sexually promiscuous psychopath who can live off others is a survivor and may represent one of many genes for survival in the human species. Even more surprising has been the observation that many adult psychopaths do not seem to benefit from support, counseling or therapy and may in fact commit crimes again and sooner because of it. Research using brain scanning technology has revealed that the brain of a psychopath functions and processes information differently. One famous brain imaging study showed that psychopaths can remain calm looking photos of dead bodies in automobile accidents where as other people were clearly upset. They don't use their brain they way others do. This suggests that they may be physically different from normal people.

    By Anonymous text book, at 10:42 AM, September 20, 2007  

  • It looks like we've got one or more amateur psychologists intimating that Mr. Welch is a "psychopath". I say "amateur" because these "psychologists" quote criteria advanced by Hare in regard to a rather outdated term, "psychopath", instead of the more recent criteria in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual, Fourth Edition in regard to "Antisocial Personality Disorder". I also say "amateur" because it takes more than casual, outside observation to come to a valid conclusion that someone is, diagnostically, psychologically this or psychologically that.

    Hopefully, this "amateur" psychologist understands that personality disorders are enduring and not easily ameliorated --- certainly not ameliorated by attaching a label to them.

    So then I must ask what is the purpose of labeling Mr. Welch as a "psychopath"? There's probably little purpose other than the "amateur" psychologist attempting to impress us with the depth of his/her knowledge. In fact, we should be impressed by the shallowness of that knowledge.

    Dealing effectively with individuals' problematic behaviors takes a lot more than simply giving them fancy labels.

    The best course of action is to seek to minimize the influence and impact that such individuals' behaviors have on others. Voting individuals out of office, recalling elected officials, searching for and finding unethical and/or illegal activities (if any), and other similar courses of action transcend mindless labeling.

    By Anonymous Freud-Not, at 9:26 AM, September 21, 2007  

  • "The best course of action is to seek to minimize the influence and impact that such individuals' behaviors have on others."

    I see you don't take your own advice and instead bluther on and on in a reply, which, by the way, presumes incorrectly that I have made my case on Welch's emotional imbalance based on "outside knowledge. You couldn't be more off.

    You had my interest until you belittled yourself with assumptions and rhetoric.

    Call it "mindless labeling" if you chose, but don't say, at the end of the day, I didn't tell you so.

    By Anonymous text book, at 6:55 PM, September 21, 2007  

  • Textbook:

    O.k., so you told us that Welch is a psychopath. Is this supposed to be a eureka moment for all of us? Wow, what fantastic, useful information you've given to us!

    So, what if he is a psychopath? Aside from labeling him/his behavior, what have you accomplished? Not a damn thing.

    Your use of the word "psychopath" is just dressed-up name-calling.

    By the way, the word is "blather" not "bluther" and your sentence, "Call it "mindless labeling" if you chose" {you mean "choose", don't you?} indicate a little roughness at the communicative edges, wouldn't you agree?. Do you have trouble putting your own sentences together? If so, this might explain why you've plagiarized sentences and paragraphs from outdated academic textbooks.

    You might be impressed with yourself, but the greatest fools are those who don't recognize just how foolish they really are, and don't say, at the end of the day, that I didn't tell you so.

    By Anonymous Freud-Not, at 1:14 PM, September 22, 2007  

  • Freud not need to get a grip and some help.

    By Anonymous WTF says, at 6:10 PM, September 22, 2007  

  • stop it Chris!

    By Anonymous Callin a brother out, at 9:06 PM, September 22, 2007  

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