The Cockroach Theory

The Cockroach TheoryInteresting fact, I got to know about this theory in my “Organizational Theory and Design” class when my professor first introduced this theory. I had a hard time in understanding the concept so I searched about it properly. Basically there are two concepts of the Cockroach Theory so here I’ll be explaining both of them.

1-Response vs Reaction

There is an inspiring story behind this theory. The crux of the story is when a cockroach came into the sight of a women, she reacted. Without thinking or any pre-planned action. It is not about the Cockroach but the inability of handling any sudden situation. Reactions are always done without any conscious thought whereas Response is always planned and well thought of.

Screaming when a cockroach lands on you is a “Reflex Action” that triggers a response, unlike any other response like when boss yells at you or you got stuck in a traffic jam. It’s not the traffic jams on the road that disturbs me, but my inability to handle the disturbance caused by the traffic jam that disturbs me. More than the problem, it’s my reaction to the problem that creates chaos in my personal life.

2-Things Aren’t Always What They Seem

So this is the second concept of the Cockroach Theory that explains the concept of our misjudgment and misconception about things. Just because something seems in a certain way doesn’t mean it really is. We can relate this concept to the Cockroaches like “if you are in a restaurant and you saw a cockroach so don’t assume that it’s just a one cockroach. There are many more to be revealed. Seeing one cockroach is the evidence that there are many others.

As I am a Business Student I can put it in this way that if any organization is bearing loss currently and reveals any bad news regarding finances or loans that means so many major losses are more to come.

Funny thing about this theory is that it’s not authentic because it is not published in academic courses yet. Maybe this theory will find its way to the new editions of philosophy. I would love to see our new generation making assumptions and discoveries on The Cockroach Theory!

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Sana Khan

Sana Khan

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