Thursday, November 29, 2012

School for Different Reasons

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Recently after re-reading the book Dynamic Health, I was reminded of the negative physiological effects judgment can have on the person who is doing the judging. It's often the case that the object of the judgment doesn't even experience negative effects at all---and if they do, it's because they are judging themselves.

"Judgment of others is a mental exercise in asserting that you are smarter, more astute, and better equipped to handle someone else's situation than they are. And you may be--but it's their lesson. Keep your mental nose out of it" (Morter 1997, 212).

The other day I was talking to a PARTICULARLY astute client of mine about taking classes at the local university. She was saying something about being frustrated with her peer group at first for not bringing much stimulation to class discussions. "But who am I to judge?" she summarized. "Everybody's in school for different reasons."

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