Tuesday, January 18, 2005

The TVIPE theory

The Temporal Variation of Indian Parental Expectations Theory is as follows. A typical Indian parent would expect his/her kid to be better than the best when it comes to academics or extra-currics during his school/college years. But strangely enough, when its time to decide on his career choice, parents prefer their child to be among the average - i.e they arent too keen on seeing their child grow up to be, say, a social revolutionary. Why should the kid not aim for things that havent been done before?

I hope I've explained the theory well enough. I dont claim credit for the theory- had read it sometime ago. But I do take credit for naming it the TVIPE theory :p

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

better than the best at acads u say.
gud at math(say) vs good at art. which wud parents prefer?

January 18, 2005 11:49 AM  
Blogger eV said...

Clarification: The theory states that while a child is in school, his/her parents expect him to be the best in whatever he does - and enter new horizons. For example, if the child is good in chess, they would encourage the child to participate and win in national or international level, though they might not know of any precedent in this aspect. However, when it comes to a career decision, they'd rather have the child choose a 'usual' one instead of an unprecedented one.

January 18, 2005 2:22 PM  
Blogger Sridhar Raman said...

I feel that the analogy isnt completely right. Yes, parents do expect their children to excel in the stream they are pursuing, and more often than not the stream is one that has been tried and tested - KG to primary to secondary to grad... You wouldnt find too many parents very happy about a son who decides to drop out of school in the 2nd grade to pursue his vocation.
Similary they do not want their children to enter "unstable" (for want of a better word) careers. Within that mainstram career they would expect their children to make the most salary (I guess this is the equivalent of marks in schools) - although this, in truth, isnt the right barometer.

January 19, 2005 11:45 AM  
Blogger eV said...

I didnt mean the TVIPE theory to be restricted to children's academic achievements alone. For example, if the child liked art, he would be encouraged to continue and become a child prodigy in art or whatever- parents dont necessarily look for precedents in case of children. But if the kid wants to pursue art (or any other option that isnt tried and tested) as a career, then they would object. They'd rather have him become a run-of-the-mill engineer.

I'm not quite saying that the parents are at fault. I'm just saying that this is how most of them seem to be.

January 19, 2005 12:06 PM  
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January 19, 2005 3:10 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yours truly aka ur regular anonymous commenter is not the author of the second anon. comment. He was and is the author of the first and - thanks to this post - the third anon. comments.

In other words - Jo main nahi, wo wo hain aur jo main hoo wo wo nahi ;)

January 20, 2005 6:32 AM  
Blogger Harsha V. Madhyastha said...

One instance of your TVIPE theory:

Take a look at the third question.

January 25, 2005 4:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

that cupper harsha rged me to the comment x-(
neway..yeah the great varath's tvipe seems to be very much active ;)

January 25, 2005 7:41 AM  

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