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The Habit of Mind, “Listening with Understanding and Empathy” is my weakness because I don’t pay attention to anyone when they are speaking face to face or even understanding what they are saying to me. I just sit back and say, “Yeah,” or “Uh-huh, okay.” They get especially mad at me If I don’t listen to the important things they are talking about because I just be lost in space.

How can I get better at this Habit of Mind is to make conversation with the person in front of me, avoid distractions. listen actively and refrain from criticism or advice-giving, paraphrase and ask open-ended questions, adjust my body language, use silence to my advantage. How can I improve my empathy? Challenge myself, undertake challenging experiences which push me outside your comfort zone. Get out of my usual environment, get feedback, walk in others’ shoes, examine my biases.    

“Creating Imagining Innovating” is my strongest Habit of Mind because I started to be better at painting, and, of course, dancing. I feel it is the genes from my family that were passed it on me. Not many people have creative on their genes, but me? I do because when I realized I’m good at dance or painting, I was just like, “Wow I am super creative and talented!”

How do I become better at these creative things? To start with sketches, begin with the basics, get some good pencils, pick out a wide selection of drawing pencils, select paper, observe, watch films, look at silhouettes, examine other peoples’ art and keep observing. How could I became better at dancing? Take lessons consistently. I’m not special. Some people think that they can get good without ever taking any dance lessons. Practice daily at home/studio, have a goal, feel your body, keep yourself inspired.

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March 3, 2022 11:11 pm

Dear Cristian,
I am interested in how your post made other people feel because I had a deep connection with your post. I think it’s something that not that not a lot of people talk about because it’s “taboo”. One thing you said that stands out for me is: “How can I get better at this Habit of Mind is to make conversation with the person in front of me, avoid distractions. listen actively and refrain from criticism or advice-giving, paraphrase, and ask open-ended questions” I think this is interesting because it just makes so much sense. especially as a teen a lot of people take it as I’m just not paying attention.
Your post reminds me of something that happened to me. One time I was talking to some people and they called me distracting and I just didn’t know how to respond to that.
Thanks for your project. I look forward to seeing what you write next because I really like the personal connections I made here.

February 10, 2022 8:42 pm

Dear, Cristin
I am understanding by your post, “My Strong and Weak Points” because you show both sides the weak moments and strong. You mention how you want to become better and looking for ways to overcome your moments.
One sentence that you wrote that stood out to me was, “How can I improve my empathy? Challenge myself, undertake challenging experiences which push me outside your comfort zone.” I think is important because we should stop thinking about how bad things are and find a way to overcome it.
Thank you for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you will be writing next because your post really stood out to me.
Ashley

February 2, 2022 4:59 am

Dear Cristin,

I am absorbed by your post, ¨My strong and weak points¨ because you acknowledge your weak and your strong points and how you can make them better and if not, even stronger. I like how you´re willing to become better and even look for ways to do so.

One sentence that stood out to me was, ´How can I improve my empathy? Challenge myself, undertake challenging experiences which push me outside my comfort zone.¨ This stood out to me because instead of listing the negatives about your habit of mind, you list the many ways of how you can fix this. I believe that everyone should acknowledge their weak points and find ways to become stronger instead of keeping them as a ¨trait¨.

Thank you for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you will be writing next because your positivity and your way of thinking enlighten me.

-Ashley

January 17, 2022 5:53 am

Dear Cristin

I am intrigued by your post, “My Strong and Weak Points”, because it helps people know more about you and who you are. I think its impressive how you use in real life situations to describe more about you.

One sentence you wrote that stands out to me is, “Some people think that they can get good without ever taking any dance lessons. Practice daily at home/studio, have a goal, feel your body, keep yourself inspired.” I think this is very awesome because it gives motivation to some people who may feel a lack of energy or hope to do something they may have always wanted to accomplish.

Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because I like the fact that I can relate to a lot of things you say. I think your posts really help people to learn more about you and possibly maybe about themselves in the process.

Yaseen

January 11, 2022 8:43 pm

Dear Cristin, I am understanding with your post “My Strong and Weak Points” because it is an extremely relatable piece of work. I am able to relate to the things you mention within this post. One sentence you wrote that stands out to me is when you mention, “How can I get better at this Habit of MInd is to make conversation with the person in front of me, avoid distractions.” I can relate to this because often when individuals are speaking with me I tend to get distracted very easily. I could easily be listening to you, however it is going in one ear and out the other, it often takes me awhile to fully process the conversation and find the best response. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because you use personal involvement which really allows the reader to connect on a personal level. It also makes the reader feel as if they are not alone because there are others who are experiencing the same things that they are.
-Natalie

Rene
January 11, 2022 4:51 pm

Dear Cristin,

I am thoughtful with your post, “My Strong and Weak Points” because it puts a lot of your mind into it. When you state, “Listening with Understanding and Empathy” is my weakness because I don’t pay attention to anyone when they are speaking face to face or even understanding what they are saying to me” this quote here shows a lot about you.
One Sentence you wrote stands out for me is ” How can I get better at this Habit of Mind is to make conversation with the person in front of me, avoid distractions. I think this is important because it is advice to be a betterself. If you put yourself in a position where nothing disturbs you then you get your profit.
Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because it is really cool learning about your experience. This here if something I look to real a lot, its interesting for me.

January 5, 2022 7:34 pm

I can relate to you because as you do I get lost in space all the time. When I’m having a conversation with someone my mind wanders farther out and the only thing I can say is “yeah” or “oh for real?”. As it is a weakness for you it is a weakness for me.
I’ve started to make conversations with people and avoid distractions. When I notice myself zoning out I’m able to snap back into reality. I’m able to push out this weakness and have it not exist as a weakness anymore because I’ve improved from learning how to conversate and to avoid the keen little details and having the ability to listen fully attentively.
 
Your creating, imagining, innovating is painting and dancing as your strongest Habit of Mind. Thinking about it I can see my strongest Habit of Mind as singing and playing my favorite sport, volleyball.
 
I like how you ‘tapped’ into your mind and figured out your weakness and your strongest parts of your habit of mind and were able to find solutions to help your weakness which down the long road as others read this can help their own weakness as well.

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