Sometimes taking a break from reading the typical soccer book about someone’s playing or managerial experience is necessary as there is much to learn from other fields of study that can be applied to the art of coaching and teaching. The word soccer, football, and coaching does not come up once in Ken Wilber’s novel Boomeritis, but I have read very few books that have had such an impact on the way I view the world, converse with developing minds, and view myself as an individual who is attempting to figure out what my purpose in this world is. Wilber is an American philosopher, and has written many books about integral theory which describes human emergence through stage development of world views and consciousness. All of that sounds very complex and complicated, but I promise Wilber breaks down his theories in very simple terms for everyone to digest. The book may seem oddly structured with Wilber italicizing the main characters daydreams and fantasies between events in the novel, but the book will help explain what “Boomeritis” refers to and how we can help move past this mindset issue that plagues organizations, parents, and leaders in the world.
Boomeritis refers a pathological belief system that plagues individuals who have seemingly plateaued developmentally and have reverted back to a mindset that is narcissistic, pluralistic, and adverse the existence of any sort of hierarchy. Wilber describes the effects Boomeritis has had on society, the children who grow up with baby boomer parents plagued with this mindset, and how we can make a monumental leap forward beyond this level of thought as a society. This book helps explain the mindset of many parents you may encounter as a coach, some of the coaches you may work with, and will help explain integral theory which has been subtly one of the most helpful items I have studied as a coach. You can find Ken Wilber’s novel Boomeritis here.