The greatest discovery of our generation is that human beings can alter their lives by altering their attitudes of mind. As you think, so shall you be.

–William James

I keep returning to a recent post of MsPhD’s over at Young Female Scientist with confusion, wonder, disappointment, awe, curiosity, hypotheses, pondering and sadness. These thoughts are engaged from the start:

I think my problem stems from this idea I had that scientists would be somehow better people, more objective- even to the point of admitting their own biases- than most. That these people were my people.
But most of us are not objective. Not even trying to see our own biases, most of the time.
I’m having trouble finding my people among these people.

This bit I’ve emphasized is very unfortunate and it bears a little examination for ourselves and for our interactions with trainees and others whom we might mentor.

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