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Did your impression of Kumiko change once she revealed her past? Have you ever encountered a similar situation in which a discovery altered your perspective of a person?

Created: 02/27/12

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Posted Feb. 27, 2012 Go to Top | Bottom | link | alert
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Did your impression of Kumiko change once she revealed her past? Have you ever encountered a similar situation in which a discovery altered your perspective of a person?

Often the key to empathy lies in uncovering traumatic events that have shaped another person's life. Did your impression of Kumiko change once she revealed her past? Have you ever encountered a similar situation in which a discovery altered your perspective of a person?


Posted Feb. 29, 2012 Go to Top | Bottom | link | alert
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RE: Did your impression of Kumiko change once she revealed her past? Have you ever encountered a similar situation in which a discovery altered your perspective of a person?

I was much more empathic toward Kumiko after she revealed her past ..I find it interesting that we are often reluctant to share our feelings when it can be such a "bridge" to understanding, and how often we judge others without knowing their circumstances. Yes, I have had experiences of this nature, and it tends to humble me.


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MollyC

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RE: Did your impression of Kumiko change once she revealed her past? Have you ever encountered a similar situation in which a discovery altered your perspective of a person?

I agree with djn. Finding out the back story is the key to understanding human reactions and building relationships. Massive had to show her commitment to Kumiko's family and a willingness to learn about her culture before Kumiko's was willing to share her story. A bridge needs to be built from both sides. I was definitely more sympathetic with Kumiko after we learned about her lost live and her lost child.


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RE: Did your impression of Kumiko change once she revealed her past? Have you ever encountered a similar situation in which a discovery altered your perspective of a person?

I agree with djn and MollyC, who do an excellent job getting to the heart of this discussion question. Possessing knowledge--in this case, of Kumiko's past--always improves our understanding and often elicits compassion not felt previously. Catherine


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RE: Did your impression of Kumiko change once she revealed her past? Have you ever encountered a similar situation in which a discovery altered your perspective of a person?

I agree wholeheartedly with the others who have responded that I felt much more positively toward Kumiko, and that I really enjoyed watching her emerge from her solitude after she shared her past. I also marvelled at how so often we don't react the best way to what we already know until it's spelled out. To clarify, I mean that most of the people I have ever known who were distant or difficult had a legitimate and profound hurt that caused them to be that way. For some reason, we know this usually the case but fail to react to them with empathy or compassion until after they have illuminated us. At the same time, it's amazing how we go around holding our own stories hostage to fear of rejection or the delusion that no one can understand us. MollyC put it really well with her bridge metaphor!


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