Can anyone give me some examples of Laura neglecting the past?Thank you!

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M.P. Ossa | College Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

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One way in which Laura may have neglected herself in the past is by not taking the initiative of fighting off (or seeking help to fight off) the terrible case of social anxiety that she is obviously suffering. lf she had listened closely to her life, and she had addressed her problems as an individual, she may have avoided a lot of problems that she would suffer from as an adult. Imagine how different her life would have been if she had reached out and asked for help that day when she got so sick to her stomach that she ended up leaving school? If she had carefully taken a good look at herself she would have known that she needs help and that her mother would never be helpful the way she needs to.

I agree with the previous posting as well, because part of Laura's social anxiety prevented her to meet people, meet men, make connections, or even have a normal life. As much as it is tempting to deem Laura as a victim, we cannot take away the fact that she is responsible for herself just like all of us are. We cannot rest our happiness on other people's shoulders. It would be unfair for both sides. Hence, by neglecting herself in the past, Laura has compromised future life.

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Ashley Kannan | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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I think that the wording of the question, like Laura, is complex.  I don't see her as blocking out the past.  I don't see her as someone who is in denial of her past.  Amanda might fit this classification more.  Laura understands her past and does seek to move past it, but not ignore it.  For example, she tries to be close to Jim, being painfully aware that her past does not indicate skill or grace at being able to woo men.  At the same time, when trying to broker peace between Amanda and Tom, she encourages him to forget what was said and try to move past what is there.  The term "neglect" might be a bit tough on Laura.  She does understand the past, and is fully able to grasp its implications on the present and future, yet she is not victim to it nor does she seek to neglect its importance.

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M.P. Ossa | College Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

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One way in which Laura may have neglected herself in the past is by not taking the initiative of fighting off (or seeking help to fight off) the terrible case of social anxiety that she is obviously suffering. lf she had listened closely to her life, and she had addressed her problems as an individual, she may have avoided a lot of problems that she would suffer from as an adult. Imagine how different her life would have been if she had reached out and asked for help that day when she got so sick to her stomach that she ended up leaving school? If she had carefully taken a good look at herself she would have known that she needs help and that her mother would never be helpful the way she needs to.

I agree with the previous posting as well, because part of Laura's social anxiety prevented her to meet people, meet men, make connections, or even have a normal life. As much as it is tempting to deem Laura as a victim, we cannot take away the fact that she is responsible for herself just like all of us are. We cannot rest our happiness on other people's shoulders. It would be unfair for both sides. Hence, by neglecting herself in the past, Laura has compromised future life.

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