|Dare To Inquire: Labels|
2 comments8 Oct 2003 @ 12:10 by scotty : Yup !
We must not allow other people's limited perceptions to define us. --Virginia Satir
I try not to use labels - not for myself not for someone else either - I try not to be seen as white - or a woman - or even a gay woman - or a gay woman of a certain age - or as a stranger or even an immigrant - or !
I try to be seen as Chris quite simply - because I'm not one nor even all of the things that people percieve me to be - maybe I'm a wee bit of all of it and non of it at the same time - because maybe - the way people see me (for an instant or two at least ) can be a mirror of how I see myslef ?
I think I do use labels though - I think I do put things or people into categories - not because I'm scared of things unknown - but because I need some kind of reference to come back to!
23 Oct 2003 @ 11:57 by Mike Levine @18.104.22.168 : Labels
Can I be aware of my abstraction process of labelling - well, yes - and I'm not sure how long I might be able to maintain that level of awareness.
When I become attentive to my meaning-making-process I often speak less, because I don't feel that certain about my experiences enough to categorise it into labels-of-meaning, and listen more.
For me that is the key...to listen more to myself and what others are saying first.
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