Re: [Spam:***** ] RE: [xmca] The power of internalization is overwhelmingly p...

From: <TVMathDude who-is-at>
Date: Fri Aug 08 2008 - 10:50:32 PDT

I am so aware of the statistics that you mentioned. Several of my students
and colleagues have shared their childhood experiences. One is now a practicing
 psychologist -- she was also an incredible teacher. The frightening statiic
is how many of the abused become abusers. Because I teach statistics, I am
able to bring up the topic in class. Further, the students, in their groups,
are required to use statistics in their presentation of an important social
The atmosphere at the center where I teach is very positive, and I often get
to talk with students, who have not taken one of my courses. I saw one such
student yesterday. She was reading a book. I asked her, "How's the book." That
 opening began an incredible conversation that lasted well over hour. She was
 able to share with me the very positive direction her internal life had
taken, and how every day was a joy. She was in a place it has taken me 30 years
to arrive at internally. I listened and shared. I wish I could have
conversations like that with all my students. When ever the opportunity presents
itself, I make the effort to support a students search for meaning in their lives.
I am able to support their search without imposing myself or my ideas on
them. I listen and reassure. Listening without judgement is critical.
I feel the same honesty and authenticity with the members of this group.

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