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  1. teachwell
    December 29, 2015 @ 12:45 am

    Reblogged this on The Echo Chamber.

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  2. Leah K Stewart
    December 29, 2015 @ 8:01 am

    Hi Taj – how did I not know you had a blog! Great to see you writing, I’ve been hoping you’d write blogs but hadn’t seen yours till this week. Thank you for sharing your journey. I think society underestimates the importance and significance of emotional journeys, preferring us to make explicit journeys that can be tracked via statistics 🙂 I guess I was lucky in school to have had a group of friends who became increasingly obsessed with appearance as we went into teens – the time and emotion they’d put into describing why someone was ugly or stupid shocked me and I pulled out of friendship groups all together from that point, preferring individuals who talked about things rather than people and, when I couldn’t find them (which was most of the time) I’d do homework on my own. Love your final line! That’s all I’m searching for now – my own stable, independent role in society, which is how neuroscientists define as the end of adolescence.

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    • teachwell
      December 29, 2015 @ 8:16 am

      Thank you for reading Leah. I think that I was so strong minded but I was using it an unhealthy way when it came to some things, as opposed to my academic studies which was healthy. I think maturity occurs in different people at different times (sometimes not at all!!)

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      • Leah K Stewart
        December 29, 2015 @ 8:22 am

        Well I’m excited for you and the way you’re expressing these internal epiphanies so eloquently and positively. Lx

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  3. Alan
    January 3, 2016 @ 11:52 am

    You have the knack of reaching out and touching people. To paraphrase Michael Caine: not a lot of people can do that. Thank you.

    I have found this to be very useful and interesting:
    http://www.aspenideas.org/session/psychology-happiness

    Johnathan Haidt also wrote about the reasons why good people can be implacably divided in a book called “The Riteous Mind” ( https://is.muni.cz/el/1423/jaro2013/SOC133/um/Haidt_-_The_Righteous_Mind.pdf ).
    I have always been a wary of philosophers, but this one seems to make sense.

    My motto: “nil illigitimae carborundum” – don’t let the bas***s grind you down!

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